Understanding Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and Terrorism

In the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, we have some recommended reading materials that offer insight into the United States' hunt for Osama bin Laden, our relationship with al-Qaeda, and the psychology of terrrorism in general. Only through greater understanding will we begin the process of healing and transition.

Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
Najwa bin Laden, Omar bin Laden, Jean Sasson
In their own words, Osama bin Laden’s wife and son tell the astonishing story of the man they knew—or thought they knew—before September 11, 2001.

The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda
Jerrold M. Post
Post reveals the powerful motivations that drive these ordinary people to such extraordinary evil by exploring the different types of terrorists, from national-separatists such as the Irish Republican Army to social revolutionary terrorists such as the Shining Path, as well as religious extremists like al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo.

Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man
Dalton Fury
This is the real story of the operation, the first eyewitness account of the Battle of Tora Bora, and the first book to detail just how close Delta Force came to capturing bin Laden, how close U.S. bombers and fighter aircraft came to killing him, and exactly why he slipped through our fingers. Lastly, this is an extremely rare inside look at the shadowy world of Delta Force and a detailed account of these warriors in battle.


SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper
Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency, now credited with Osama bin Laden's death. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world.

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