The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story Of Osama bin Laden And Al Qaeda In Flight
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Inside bin Laden's lair
For almost ten years following 9/11, Osama Bin Laden evaded capture. The Exile tells the inside story of that decade through the eyes of those who witnessed it: bin Laden's four wives and many children, his military and spiritual advisors, the CIA, Pakistan's ISI, and others who have never before told their stories.
Award-winning journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy recount in gripping detail the flight of Al Qaeda, the formation of ISIS by bin Laden's lieutenants, and bin Laden's rising paranoia and eroding control over his organization.
We know little about what happened at Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, and we know even less about the wilderness years that led to that fateful day. This landmark work fills in those crucial gaps.
"The Exile is a remarkable achievement. Through years of research, investigative work, and interviews, the authors have artfully woven together a gripping account that reads like a thriller-Al-Qaeda's story from their perspective, with all the complexities and nuances of a deeply disturbing chapter of our history, that continues to this day. The Exile is the shocking story behind the story. A must read."-Suroosh Alvi, co-founder of VICE
"Based on meticulous and unique research, this riveting account of Osama bin Laden's last decade is the most important and revealing book about the al Qaeda leadership in years."-Bruce Riedel, former CIA analyst and counter-terrorism expert, and adviser to four US Presidents
"The Exile is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Scott-Clark and Levy focus on the crucial but much ignored ‘human factor' in Islamic extremism with great effect. Packed with new details and revelations, their astonishingly intimate account of the inner workings of Al Qaeda, and of the battle to counter its murderous campaign, will be a hugely valuable resource for specialists and general readers alike for years to come."-Jason Burke, author of Al Qaeda, The 9/11 Wars, and The New Threat
"Remarkable.... The authors utilize their extraordinary access to al-Qaeda's inner circle and many other key players to fracture the U.S. government's near-monopoly of public information....The book's fascinating perspective exposes layers of human complexity in individuals who are often shrouded by intrigue, and brings nuance to the general Western understanding of jihadi groups."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Authors
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are acclaimed investigative journalists, and the authors of several books, including The Siege: 58 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel. In 2009 the One World Trust named them British Journalists of the Year, and they won Foreign Correspondents of the Year in 2004.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||May 28, 2017|