[ONLINE] - Peter Bergen, The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden


In The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden, Peter Bergen provides the first reevaluation of the man responsible for precipitating America’s long wars with al-Qaeda and its descendants, capturing bin Laden in all the dimensions of his life: as a family man, as a terrorist leader, and as a fugitive. The book sheds light on his many contradictions: he was the son of a billionaire, yet insisted his family live like paupers. He adored his wives and children, yet he brought ruin to his family. And while he inflicted the most lethal act of mass murder in United States history, he failed to achieve any of his strategic goals.

"A compelling, nuanced portrait of America’s erstwhile public enemy No. 1... Throughout, Bergen turns up revealing details and sharp arguments against received wisdom... Essential for anyone concerned with geopolitics, national security, and the containment of further terrorist actions." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Comprehensive, authoritative, and compelling." — H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

Join the International Security Program and our partners at Solid State Books, for a discussion on the life and legacy of Osama bin Laden.

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Peter Bergen, @peterbergencnn
Vice President, Global Studies & Fellows at New America
Author, The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

Candace Rondeaux, @CandaceRondeaux (moderator)
Director, Future Frontlines at New America
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

Copies of The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden are available for purchase here through our bookselling partner Solid State Books.

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