An enthralling look on the transformation of Osama bin Laden’s personality from a “normal” loving husband and somewhat father to an infamous notorious terrorist in the eyes of Najwa and Omar bin Laden.

  • Title: Growing up Bin Laden
  • Author: Jean Sasson. Najwa bin Laden. Omar bin Laden
  • Genre: Biography, Autobiography. Non fiction
  • Published: 11 January 2009
  • Page Count: 352
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Biography is my favorite genre of literature simply because it is the only genre that has not failed me. One can not go wrong with biographies/autobiographies if the character is compelling enough. That is to say, the structure of writing of the author does not affect the reading experience if you are as inquisitive as myself. This makes it the best part of reading biographies. Certainly making it a factor that can be easily overlooked.

Excerpt from Growing up Bin Laden by Jean Sasson, Najwa and Omar bin Laden.

“During these years of loss and sorrow, I have had to reconcile myself to the truth about my father, Osama bin Laden. I know now that since the first day of the first battle against the Soviets in Afghanistan, my father has been killing other humans. He admitted as much to me, back in those days when I was his tea boy in Afghanistan. I often wonder if my father has killed so many times that the act of killing no longer brings him pleasure or pain. I am nothing like my father. While he prays for war, I pray for peace. And now we go our separate ways, each believing that we are right.”

-Omar Bin Laden, Growing up Bin Laden.

My love for the realism of biographies aside , Jean Sasson did not disappoint as expected. Non-fiction is her brand so I knew what I was getting myself into. This revealing and sympathetic read provided me with more than enough engrossing information to feed my curious mind (and that says a lot because my inquisitiveness is unmatched) about the lives of Osama and his family. It also gave an insight on the world of politics and terrorism from a very anomalous perspective. In conclusion, It felt like reading from the inside.

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  1. biographies… well nonfictions aren’t my cup of tea. i guess it’s because when i read i try to stay as far away from reality as i can but i’ll give this book a try. i trust your judgement 100%

  2. Definitely going to read this. Always wanted to have a full insight on the life of Osama from a genuine source 👍🏾

  3. i’ve tried reading biographies and they turn out to be fascinating to say the least. However, i’ve never read one to the end. I’d try and give this a shot tho.

    1. I hope you enjoy this. I really did. Personally I feel like curiosity is key when reading biographies. Let me know when you do 🙂

  4. I’ve always been the happily every after , fairytale kinda books but it wouldn’t hurt to give this a try as you’ve made it look so intriguing, I’ll surely give it a try 👍

  5. I’m a huge fan of the genre but I have to say Bin-Laden’s doesn’t really interest me at all. Judging by this review, it appears that the author also took that into account and decided to rather show us the man through the eyes of his family, the excerpt alone proves that this book has a lot to offer. It’s definitely going into my reading list now.

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