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Show More The Bin Ladens: The Story of a Family and Its Fortune by Steve Coll.
Allen Lane, 671 pp., £25, April 2008, 978 1 84614 124 9Show More
“... Steve Coll’s book tells two stories: a big one about how the bin Laden family cashed in on the oil bonanza in Saudi Arabia, and a smaller one about Osama’s role in the family business before he turned to holy warfare. Although well written, lucid and packed with useful detail, The Bin Ladens doesn’t establish much of a connection between the family firm in Saudi Arabia and Osama bin Laden’s jihad in Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan and America, except that oil wealth funded both ...”