Books The Next James Frey?
posted by October 27 at 12:00 PMon
The headline to this story, “Bin Laden Writing His Memoirs,” seems kind of misleading. The article explains what Osama Bin Laden’s book is really about:
ISLAMABAD: World’s most wanted fugitive, al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden is reportedly writing a book on the struggle of his terrorist network that dispenses money, logistical support and training to radical groups in over 50 countries.
The book, being written in Arabic, will later be translated into English. Bin Laden decided to write the book to counter “propaganda” against al-Qaida, Geo News channel reported.
Bin Laden is writing the book with the assistance of a “young man with a Middle Eastern background who will later translate the text into English”, the channel reported. The book will reportedly highlight atrocities allegedly being committed on Muslims by the Western world.
It sounds kind of like a polemic to me, like a super-extreme version of an Ann Coulter or Michael Moore book. I’m too busy to check this morning, but I guarantee a right-wing blogger has already put this news item up with something that says “This book will get the Obama’s Book Club seal of approval, haw-haw-haw.” I’m willing to bet it’ll become the most downloaded e-book in the history of the world when it’s actually published.