The Bin Ladens

The Bin Ladens

An Arabian Family in the American Century

By Steve Coll

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143114819, 671pp.

Publication Date: March 2009

In "The Bin Ladens," two- time Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll continues where "Ghost Wars" left off, shedding new light on one of the most elusive families of the twenty-first century. Rising from a famine-stricken desert into luxury, private compounds, and even business deals with Hollywood celebrities, the Bin Ladens have benefited from the tensions and contradictions in a country founded on extreme religious purity, suddenly thrust into a world awash in oil, money, and the temptations of the West. But what do these incongruities mean for globalization, the War on Terror, and America's place in the Middle East? Meticulously researched, "The Bin Ladens" is the story of a remarkably varied and often dangerous family that has used money, mobility, and technology to dramatically different ends.

About the Author
Steve Coll is a writer for "The New Yorker" and author of the Pulitzer Prize- winning "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001," He is president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C. Previously he served, for more than twenty years, as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and ultimately as managing editor of "The Washington Post," He is also the author of "On the Grand Trunk Road, The Deal of the Century, and The Taking of Getty Oil," Coll received a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding international print reporting and the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best magazine reporting from abroad. "Ghost Wars," published in 2004, received the Pulitzer for general nonfiction and the Arthur Ross award for the best book on international affairs.

Praise For The Bin Ladens

"A fascinating panorama . . . about a man and his family [and] the powerful impact they have made on our times."
-The Washington Post

"Riveting . . . the most psychologically detailed portrait of the brutal 9/11 mastermind yet."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Stunningly researched and grippingly told . . . [The Bin Ladens] ought to be read by anyone who really wants to understand the origins of the current crisis."
-Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times