Author(s): Peter L. Bergen
Peter Bergen, conducted the first TV interview with Osama bin Laden, the most significant financial sponsor of Islamic extremist activity in the world today, after the US government had accused him of running terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and Sudan. In August 1996 bin Laden issued his first call to Muslims to attack U.S. targets. Since then his name has been linked to every major anti-American terrorist act by Muslims. For this book Bergen draws on ten years of bin Laden watching. The book will reveal the Islamist militant's unsuspected previous links with the West, and why he has proved such a force throughout the Muslim world.
Peter Bergen, CNN?s terrorism analyst, with CNN since 1990. In 1983 he researched a documentary about Afghan refugees living in Pakistan for Britain?s Channel 4. In March 1997 Osama bin Laden agreed to be interviewed by him in Afghanistan, the first TV interview with him and members of his organisation. Bergen is a winner of the Edward R Murrow Award for best documentary on foreignaffairs. An American by birth, Peter Bergen was educated in the UK at Amplefo