A true story that few ever believed would come to light, GROWING UP BIN LADEN uncovers startling revelations and hidden secrets carefully guarded by the most wanted terrorist of our lifetime, Osama bin Laden.
"I was not always the wife of Osama bin Laden. Once I was an innocent child dreaming little girl dreams..."
Thus begins this powerful story as Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of 15 to become his first wife and the mother to eleven of his children, and her son, Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of Osama bin Laden. Together, mother and son tell an extraordinarily powerful story of a man hated by so many, yet both loved and feared by his family, with spine-tingling details about the life and times of the man they knew as a husband and father, including: - Osama's disapproval of modern conveniences, including electricity and medicine- His plan to toughen up his sons by taking them into the desert without food or water- Transporting his wives and children to the rough terrain of Sudan, where he claimed to be preparing them for attacks from western powers, commanding them to dig holes, and to sleep in those holes, allowing nothing more than sand and twigs for cover- Omar's horror at the rape and murder of a boy his own age, by members of a jihadist group living among them in the Sudan. - What happened in the bin Laden home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the morning of September 11, 2001, and Omar's surprise phone call with his mother, who escaped from Afghanistan only two days before the shattering events that killed so many innocent people
Since September 11, 2001, journalists have struggled to uncover carefully guarded information about Osama's private life. Until now, Osama Bin Laden's family members have not cooperated with any writers or journalists. Now, with unprecedented access and insight, Jean Sasson, author of the bestselling Princess: A True Story Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, takes us inside the secret world of Osama bin Laden.
The study guides for all three books were extensively researched and written by Jon Gregson Crawford.
Whether you’re a student, a member of a book club, someone traveling abroad to Saudi Arabia for the first time or perhaps a reader that has enjoyed the Princess Trilogy you will find a wealth of useful information.
This three-part study guide is the only study guide for the Princess Trilogy that was approved by the author, Jean Sasson. Jean was meticulous in working with Jon to make certain that every single detail of the guide afforded her readers enough information so that it would truly encompass all three books. Reading the three-part study guide is like receiving an abridged course of the Princess books, by the person that can provide the best possible lesson, the author herself.
It’s important to note that each of the books in the study guide includes an all-new interview with Jean Sasson and the study guide for Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia even includes a revealing interview with Princess Sultana (her first interview in eight years).
For each specific book in the series, the study guide includes an in-depth book summary, character descriptions, chapter summaries (which includes detailed analyses of each chapter of each of the three books with specific quotes from the original text throughout the summaries), and study and discussion questions that will be prudent for everyone that plans to use the Princess Trilogy as an educational tool. Also included is a section with information about Saudi culture.
Princess is the universal true story about a member of Saudi royalty, who, over the course of three books tells her personal life story, as well as the stories of her family and other people she has come into contact with throughout her life. Jean Sasson met and befriended Princess Sultana when she lived in Saudi Arabia for more than twelve years. The author was the first author and the only author to be granted such unprecedented access to a Saudi princess’s life. Jean Sasson’s books have been published worldwide, achieving bestseller status in nearly every country where it was published. The books about Princess Sultana have remained timeless because so little of Saudi culture has changed when it comes to the lives of Saudi women. All three books have been updated, and this information will be available in the new editions of the books, to be published in October 2012 and March 2013. It’s exciting that twenty years after its initial publication, there is an entirely new generation of readers who are enthusiastically embracing the books about Princess Sultana Al-Saud.