Book Review: 'Growing up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World'

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  • Jean Sasson Atlanta, GA
    Feb. 12, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    I meant to say honesty and integrity in my earlier comment about Omar Binladin! I'm moving too fast this morning! Thank you! Jean Sasson, Atlanta, GA.

  • Jean Sasson Atlanta, GA
    Feb. 12, 2011 9:32 a.m.

    Cathy has written a very thoughtful review. I am pleased that she discovered the value of the lives lived by Omar and his mother, Najwa. Both are as she says, two innocent people who wanted to live normal lives. There is only one misunderstanding: Omar contacted me directly via email and I called the telephone number provided in the email. He did not contact my publisher, St. Martin's, although they did talk a number of times after I started writing the book. Omar also spoke with my literary agent as there was the very serious discussion of whether or not I would write Omar's story. I am so glad that it worked out as I have a very firm friendship with Omar and have found him to be one of the nicest people I've ever known. So much for judging a man by the actions of his father! Look the world over and it would be hard to beat the honestly and intergrity I found in Omar Binladin. Thanks again for a very intelligent review of what I believe is a very important story. No other Binladin family members have ever spoken out.