By Michael Scheuer
Sep 11 virtually instantly remade American politics and international coverage. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Patriot Act, water boarding and Guantanamo are examples of its profound and far-reaching results. yet regardless of its huge impact--and a deluge of books approximately al-Qaeda and Islamist terrorism--no one has written a major evaluation of the guy who deliberate it, Osama bin encumbered. on hand biographies depict bin weighted down as an ancient determine, the mastermind at the back of 11th of September, yet now not proper to the realm it created. those debts, Michael Scheuer strongly believes, have contributed to a common and unsafe denial of his carrying on with value and gear.
during this ebook, Scheuer offers a much-needed corrective--a hard-headed, heavily reasoned portrait of bin encumbered, exhibiting him to be a determine of outstanding management abilities, strategic genius, and substantial rhetorical skills. the 1st head of the CIA's bin weighted down Unit, the place he led the trouble to trace down bin encumbered, Scheuer attracts from a wealth of data approximately bin weighted down and his evolution from peaceable Saudi dissident to America's such a lot sought after. laying off gentle on his improvement as a theologian, media manipulator, and paramilitary commander, Scheuer uses all of the speeches and interviews bin encumbered has given in addition to long interviews, testimony, and formerly untranslated files written by means of those that grew up with bin encumbered in Saudi Arabia, served as his bodyguards and drivers, and fought along him opposed to the Soviets. The bin weighted down who emerges from those bills is religious, gifted, sufferer, and ruthless; in different phrases, a very bold and implacable enemy of the West.
Acclaim for Imperial Hubris: Why the West is wasting the battle on Terrorism
"Pulls few punches...a attention-grabbing window on America's battle with Al Qaeda."
--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"No critical observer of the warfare on terrorism can forget about this scathing critique."
--Peter Bergen, writer of Holy battle, Inc.
"A robust, persuasive research of the terrorist possibility and the Bush administration's failed efforts to struggle it."
--Richard A. Clarke, Washington put up ebook World
"A fire-breathing denunciation of U.S. counterterrorism policy."
--Julian Borger, The Guardian
"Presents overwhelmingly persuasive proof to buttress a bunch of important and arguable arguments."
--Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly
"Destined to develop into a vintage within the box of counterterrorism analysis."
--Bruce Hoffman, writer of Inside Terrorism