Growing Up Bin Laden

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Oneworld Publications, 2009 M01 11 - 320 pages
As the western world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden has fought to keep his personal life a mystery – loyalty and fear keeping those who know him from speaking out – until now. For the first time, two of Osama’s closest family members, his first wife Najwa and their fourth son Omar, go behind the headlines to reveal the truth about the character and life of a man feared and revered around the globe. In gripping detail, they recount the drama, tensions, and everyday activities of the man they knew as a husband and father. Married at fifteen, Najwa describes the transformation of the quiet, serious young man she fell in love with into an authoritarian husband and stern father, an entrepreneur, and – finally – the leader of a complex international terrorist network. Uprooted from a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege in Saudi Arabia, they suddenly found themselves living life on the run, fleeing from country to country under assumed names and fake passports. Omar describes how he and his siblings were brought up in remote ranches and fortified Afghani mountain camps, handling Kalashnikovs and learning desert survival skills. Their eventual escape from Afghanistan would come just days before the terrible events of 9/11 changed the world forever. With unprecedented access and exclusive family photographs, Jean Sasson, author of the bestselling Princess, presents the story that we were never meant to hear.

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"Life WAS more agreeable when my father was far, far away", 10 January 2016 This review is from: Growing Up Bin Laden (Paperback) Ghost written by Jean Sasson, the insider information about Osama's ... Read full review

GROWING UP BIN LADEN: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World

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He was a quiet man, a good neighbor, kept to himself—until he went funny in the head and took on the Great Satan.It may have been an incident at the Indianapolis airport that set Osama bin Laden on ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Najwa Ghanem bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of 15, is his first wife and the mother of seven of his sons and four of his daughters. She currently lives with relatives in Syria. Omar bin Laden, the fourth son of Osama bin Laden, has publicly called for his father to “change his ways”. Jean Sasson, author of the bestselling Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, has studied Middle Eastern culture for more than thirty years.

Jean Sasson, the international bestselling author of Princess, lived in the Middle East for twelve years and has travelled extensively in the area for thirty years. She lives in the Southern USA.
Najwa bin Laden in Osama bin Laden’s first wife and the mother of seven of his sons and four of his daughters. She currently lives with five of her children in the Middle East.
Omar bin Laden, the fourth son of Osama bin Laden, has publicly called for his father to “change his ways”. Both Omar and his mother left Afghanistan before September 11, 2001, and neither has been in contact with Osama bin Laden since.

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