Almost from the start, the shocking events of 11 September 2001 has been laid at the door of one man, the wealthy Saudi-exile and self-confessed terrorist, Osama bin Laden, the world's most famous Islamist militant. Yet even now, and despite intense media investigation, few know much about this man and how he became the standard-bearer for tens of thousand of followers whose hatred for the United States ultimately knows no bounds.
In Holy war, Inc: Inside The Secret World of Osama Bin Laden,the complete story of bin Laden's remarkable life career and influence is told for the first time.
As a journalist specialising in terrorism with the international news network CNN, Bergen is one of a handful of reporters who has been following bin Laden for years. In 1997 he produced and reported bin Laden's first television interview. Within months he had started work on Holy war, Inc., the first wholly authoritative book on the Saudi militant and his organisation. Bergen was completing it just as the hi-jacked planes hit New York's World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in Washington.
In the course of researching this book, Bergen interviewed scores of sources familiar with bin Laden, from the Saudi exile's friends and associates, to the CIA officials tracking him, to cabinet members of Afghanistan's Taliban. After the Trade Center attacks President George W. Bush addressed Congress saying bin Laden's network is 'is to terrorism what the Mafia is to crime.' In Holy War, Inc. Bergen offers his own conclusions in the light of the 11 September attacks.