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Osama bin Laden
Loehfelm, Bill.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, [Calif.] : Lucent Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Shrouded in mystery -- Beginnings : "just like any awkward teen-ager" -- University : history's lessons -- Afghanistan : joining the jihad -- Saudi Arabia : "let there be no two religions in Arabia" -- Sudan : one man's army -- Back to Afghanistan : dangers and signs -- Attack on America : "they will be targeted".
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.4 5.0 69857.
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HV6430.B55 L64 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
HV6430.B55 L64 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Osama bin Laden spent more than two decades creating himself as a radical leader and terrorist in the Middle East. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, bin Laden came into international focus and became the world's most wanted man.

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Booklist Review

Reviewed with Scott Ingram's Kim Il Sung0 . Gr. 6-12. These informative biographies from the History's Villains series offer readers good overviews of the lives of two notorious men, including the personal and historical developments that prompted them to follow paths of ruthless violence. The biography of Osama bin Laden begins with his youth and goes on to discusses his wealthy family, education, immersion in the study of Islam, and the many factors that led him to militancy, terrorism, and his leadership of al-Qaeda, ending with bin Laden, as of June 2003, still at large. The profile of the late North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung traces his early years, his rise to power as the brutal first leader of North Korea, and the disastrous war he waged against South Korea in his ill-fated attempt to unify the peninsula. Both books feature black-and-white photographs with informative captions. Appendixes include a chronology, a glossary, source notes, and suggestions for further research. Clearly written and well organized, these will serve as good introductions to their respective subjects. --Ed Sullivan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Drawing from an array of print and Internet sources, Loehfelm traces his subject's early life and radicalization and the rise of his public influence on a susceptible minority of Muslims. Bin Laden's ability to inspire fanatical loyalty in his followers is the theme here, and few readers are likely to sleep easily in the wake of the author's blanket claim that al-Qaeda is an organization whose "members, of which there are thousands, will readily and enthusiastically lay down their lives for him." Loehfelm also baldly states that bin Laden "masterminded" and "orchestrated" the September 11th attacks, though the publicly released evidence for that is, so far, indirect or after the fact. Still, despite drab black-and-white photos, several of which are semi-relevant at best, this book is a coherent study of bin Laden's career, methods, and stated beliefs. Readers wishing to study the Muslim world's historical background, or to stay current on the war against terrorism, will find helpful citations in the appended notes and reading lists.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.