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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Next James Frey?

posted by on October 27 at 12:00 PM

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.

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Hmm, interesting that Bin Lauden feels the need to counter "propaganda". The assumption has been that al-Qaida holds the upper hand on connecting with the grievances in the Muslim world. Perhaps the actions taken in al-Qaida's name which have lead to many, many deaths of innocent Muslims have tarnished his image more effectively that we in the West have imagined.

Posted by Westside forever | October 27, 2008 12:19 PM


You forgot to mention the working title of the agit-bio in question: "A Bold Fresh Piece of Jihad."

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 27, 2008 12:31 PM


I wonder how many of those attacks he'll try to blame on the West. All of them? 90 percent?

Posted by keshmeshi | October 27, 2008 12:34 PM
Posted by S. Tooby | October 27, 2008 12:42 PM

more importantly, how many days/weeks after the election before a major publishing house announces a seven figure book deal with Palin?

Posted by michael strangeways | October 27, 2008 1:25 PM

Here's my review: TL;DR

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