The Exile

The Exile : The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight

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Startling and scandalous, this is an intimate insider's story of Osama bin Laden's retinue in the ten years after 9/11, a family in flight and at war. From September 11, 2001 to May 2, 2011, Osama Bin Laden evaded intelligence services and special forces units, drones and hunter killer squads. The Exile tells the extraordinary inside story of that decade through the eyes of those who witnessed it: bin Laden's four wives and many children, his deputies and military strategists, his spiritual advisor, the CIA, Pakistan's ISI, and many others who have never before told their stories. Investigative journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy gained unique access to Osama bin Laden's inner circle, and they recount the flight of Al Qaeda's forces and bin Laden's innocent family members, the gradual formation of ISIS by bin Laden's lieutenants, and bin Laden's rising paranoia and eroding control over his organization. They also reveal that the Bush White House knew the whereabouts of bin Laden's family and Al Qaeda's military and religious leaders, but rejected opportunities to capture them, pursuing war in the Persian Gulf instead, and offer insights into how Al Qaeda will attempt to regenerate itself in the coming years. While we think we know what happened in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, we know little about the wilderness years that led to that shocking event. As authoritative in its scope and detail as it is propuslively readable, The Exile is a landmark work of investigation and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 619 pages
  • 157 x 239 x 51mm | 1,066g
  • Bloomsbury USA
  • New York
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1620409844
  • 9781620409848
  • 159,496

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"The Exile is a remarkable achievement. Through years of research, investigative work, and interviews, the authors have artfully woven together a gripping account that reads like a thriller -- Al-Qaeda's story from their perspective, with all the complexities and nuances of a deeply disturbing chapter of our history, that continues to this day. The Exile is the shocking story behind the story. A must read." - Suroosh Alvi, co-founder of VICE "The Exile is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Scott-Clark and Levy focus on the crucial but much ignored 'human factor' in Islamic extremism with great effect. Packed with new details and revelations, their astonishingly intimate account of the inner workings of Al Qaeda, and of the battle to counter its murderous campaign, will be a hugely valuable resource for specialists and general readers alike for years to come." - Jason Burke, author of AL-QAEDA, THE 9/11 WARS, and THE NEW THREAT "Based on meticulous and unique research, this riveting account of Osama bin Laden's last decade is the most important and revealing book about the al Qaeda leadership in years. The role of the Iranian and Pakistani 'deep states' in hiding bin Laden and his family is fascinating and disturbing." - Bruce Riedel, former CIA analyst and counter-terrorism expert, and adviser to four US Presidents. "Propulsive and exceedingly well-reported . . . A tragedy and a thriller with concussive human and political resonance. I read it in what felt like three blinks" - Dwight Garner, New York Times on THE SIEGE "Absolutely spine-chilling, breathless, heart-rending, astonishing. So hard to put down" - The Times (London) on THE SIEGE "Compulsive and brilliantly researched. Reads like a fast-paced thriller" - William Dalrymple on THE SIEGEshow more

About Adrian Levy

Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are acclaimed investigative journalists, and the authors of several books, most recently The Siege: 58 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel. Their other books are The Meadow: Kashmir 1995-Where the Terror Began, Nuclear Deception: The Dangerous Relationship Between the United States and Pakistan, The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure, and The Stone of Heaven: Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade. For sixteen years they worked as foreign correspondents and investigative reporters for the Sunday Times and the Guardian. In 2009 the One World Trust named them British Journalists of the Year, and they won Foreign Correspondents of the Year in 2004. They co-produce documentaries that have been nominated at the Amnesty International Media Awards and longlisted at the BAFTAs. They live in more

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