Understanding Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and Terrorism

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.


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