In the hours following President Obama’s late-night announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed and buried at sea by American military and C.I.A. operatives, I suspect that readers of this blog are experiencing a range of emotions: pride, gratification, shock, joy, wariness.
No doubt, many of you want to learn more about Bin Laden and the life that led to this point. For that, we direct you to The Bin Ladens by Steve Coll. Coll is the president of the New America Foundation, and a former senior editor at The Washington Post. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for journalism and the other for his book Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.
In April of 2008, Trisha interviewed Coll about The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century.
This information-packed history of the entire Bin Laden family may be an incredible feat of reporting—but it’s surprisingly accessible, too, drawing a definitive portrait of an expansive and diverse family.
Coll chatted with Trisha about the key factor that radicalized Bin Laden, his #1 lesson about the Muslin world and more. It’s a fascinating conversation to read today, just hours after Bin Laden’s death.
What books about would you recommend for people who want to read beyond the newspaper stories on this historic day?