The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth about Al-Qaeda, Its Leader and His Family

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Yale University Press
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5.14 X 7.81 X 1.15 inches | 0.73 pounds

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About the Author
Nelly Lahoud is associate professor of security studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at U.S. Army War College. She is also a senior fellow in New America's International Security program. She is the author of three books, including The Jihadis' Path to Self-Destruction.
"A comprehensive, meticulously constructed and eye-opening look at bin Laden as husband, father and leader-in-hiding. . . . An engaging and persuasive read."--Karen J. Greenberg, Washington Post

"A groundbreaking book [and] a remarkable insider account of al-Qaeda's history, based on the writings of bin Laden and his inner circle."--Peter Spiegel, Financial Times

"A revelatory book."--Steve Coll, New Yorker

"This eye-opening book--based on information recovered from Osama bin Laden's hard drive after his death in the raid on his Abbottabad hideaway--is the first real inside look into his mind and an organisation that changed how we live."--Sunday Times, "50 Best Books for the Sunlounger"

"Never less than gripping. . . . [Offers] an extraordinary insight into the inner workings of al-Qaeda, both before and after 9/11, and lays bare the terrorist organisation's closely guarded plans, ambitions and frustrations."--Saul David, Sunday Telegraph

"The corrective insights contained in this excellent readable book merit careful attention by scholars, policy makers, soldiers, and our political leadership."--Justin Doherty, Aspects of History

"[A] fascinating book--the first real inside look into an organisation that changed how we live. . . . It is astonishing to have such a picture of the inner workings of a terrorist group."--Christina Lamb, Sunday Times

"An impressive accomplishment. . . . The value of Nelly Lahoud's scholarship . . . is clear."--Sam Sweeney, National Review

"A rich trove exposing a terrorist organization that persists even after its founder's demise."--Kirkus Reviews

"Make no mistake, this is an important book that should be widely read. . . . A revelation on nearly every page. . . . In terms of understanding al-Qaeda between 2001 and 2011 it's indispensable."--Jim Motavalli, New York Journal of Books

Selected by the International Affairs blog for its Top 10 Books Christmas reading list, 2022

"The Bin Laden Papers is a work of immense, exciting scholarship, and it sparkles with new insights about bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network. Crisply written by Nelly Lahoud, it is one of the most important histories of the war on terror."--Peter Bergen, author of The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden

"A masterful analysis and riveting story. As though finally cleaning a window obscured by years of grime, Nelly Lahoud's The Bin Laden Papers clarifies a man and his movement that confused and confounded much of the world for decades."--General (ret.) Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of United States Forces Afghanistan

"Terrorist expert Nelly Lahoud reveals the hidden history of Al Qaeda in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The Bin Laden Papers paints a portrait of an ambitious and dedicated terrorist leader who is often out of touch with reality and unable to control the movement he helped spawn."--Daniel Byman, author of Road Warriors: Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad

"Nelly Lahoud's consummate analysis of 6,000 al-Qaeda documents is a prodigious and indispensable achievement. Deploying clinical understanding of political, religious, and family contexts, she provides a riveting inside account, the fullest likely ever to emerge, of the thoughts and motivations of a man and movement that have so malignly impacted our era."--James Piscatori, coauthor of Islam Beyond Borders: The Umma in World Politics

"A singular achievement that stands as the definitive and original account of the trajectory of al-Qaeda from 2001 to the death of Bin Laden. This clearly presented analysis draws on the author's unique expertise to correct the record of Bin Laden and international terrorism post 9/11."--Martha Crenshaw, coauthor of Countering Terrorism