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Growing Up bin Laden - Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World-logo

Growing Up bin Laden - Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World

Najwa 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 by Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of fifteen 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.

"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 by Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of fifteen 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.
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"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 by Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of fifteen 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Omar bin Laden, Jean Sasson, Sherry Adams, Mel Foster, Lorna Raver

Length:

14h 7m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:26


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

25:26


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

58:50


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

19:52


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

32:03


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

20:06


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

36:15


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

16:50


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

14:22


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

22:20


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

30:35


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

15:43


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

52:39


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

47:03


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

20:26


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

24:39


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

01:11:52


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

39:38


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

29:49


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

11:09


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

37:29


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

20:12


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

28:44


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

40:38


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

20:26


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

09:04


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

11:49


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

19:27


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

19:55


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

05:55


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

18:17


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

21:08


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

00:23