Growing Up bin Laden
Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
Publication Date: November 2009
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A true story that few ever believed would come to light, Growing Up bin Laden uncovers startling revelations and hidden secrets carefully guarded by the most wanted terrorist of our lifetime, Osama bin Laden.
Jean Sasson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia. She lived in the Middle East for twelve years and has traveled extensively in the area and studied the culture for thirty years. She currently lives in the southern United States. Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of fifteen, is his first wife and the mother to seven of his sons and four of his daughters. She currently lives with three of her eleven children in the Middle East. Omar bin Laden, the fourth son of Osama bin Laden, has publicly called for his father to "change his ways." Both Omar and his mother left Afghanistan before September 11, 2001, and neither has been in contact with Osama bin Laden since. Lorna Raver has been named a Best Voice of the Year by AudioFile magazine and has been nominated for Audie Awards for her readings of Washington Square by Henry James, Nothing with Strings by Bailey White, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson. She has also received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. An accomplished stage actress, Lorna has also guest-starred in many top television series, and she stars in director Sam Raimi's film Drag Me to Hell. Mel Foster is a former ad agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials. An audiobook narrator since 2002, he won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey and an AudioFile Earphones Award for the novel Match Made in Heaven by Bob Mitchell. Mel is the author of several novels, including Shaking Hands with Lefkowitz, and he hopes that one day listeners will get the opportunity to hear him reading something that he's written himself. Sherry Adams is a voice talent with several commercial clients to her credit. Trained in acting at the University of Michigan, she brings an insightful presence to her audio narration.
"Oddly fascinating.... An inside-the-tent view of a person so blinded by his cause that he strips himself of all humanity." ---The Washington Post