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Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Morgan Spurlock , Erik Singer

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Book Description

April 15 2008
Academy Award®—nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is a jittery father-to-be with a simple question: If OBL is behind 9/11 and all the ensuing worldwide chaos, then why can’t we just catch him? And furthermore, why is his message so compelling to so many people? So the intrepid Spurlock kisses his anxious, pregnant wife goodbye and–armed with a complete lack of knowledge, experience, or expertise–sets out to make the world safe for infantkind and find the most wanted man on earth.

After boning up on his basic knowledge of OBL, Islam, and the Global War on Terror, he hits the Osama trail. He zigzags the globe, drawing ever closer to the heart of darkness near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where OBL is rumored to be hiding. Along the way he interviews imams and princes, refugees and soldiers, academics and terrorists. He visits European ghettos where youth aspire to global jihad, breaks the Ramadan fast with Muslims in Cairo, and rides in the bomb squad van in Tel Aviv. And then the fun really starts.

Companion to the acclaimed documentary, Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? delves even deeper than the film. What listeners come away with is possibly the first-ever funny book about terrorism, as well as a greater understanding of a conflict that has cast a shadow across America and the world.

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (April 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073936989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739369890
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,315,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Well-written, entertaining and above all informative book" Herald --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, producer, and director. His movie Super Size Me is one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time and earned him an Oscar® nomination, as well as the Best Director prizes at the Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals. He has also produced documentary films, including What Would Jesus Buy? and the acclaimed television show 30 Days, which is in its third season. He currently lives in New York with his wife, Alex. Visit his website at www.WhereIsOBL.com.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and entertaining... great interviews and great history. May 2 2008
By Mark Dolson - Published on Amazon.com
This book was a great primer on mid-east history and terrorism. I will admit that I knew little about the actual history of the region.

For the past several years I have been a huge supporter of the "war on terror" and the policies of the Bush administration. I watch Fox News daily and listen to O'Reilly, Hannity, and Glenn Beck everyday on the radio.

I have no intention of changing my political leanings or favorites any time soon. However, this book opened my eyes to many issues and perspectives that I had never considered.

This book is a "light read" but very informative and engaging.

Thanks Morgan!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GWOT "Must Read" June 9 2008
By G. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Kudos to Morgan Spurlock!

This is a timely, well written, clever approach to where the global war on terrorism came from and is headed unless we change directions in a positive and proactive manner.

The interviews the author collects along his journey are thought-provoking. Spurlock raises serious questions as to why we in America don't hear more from those who would truly like to work with the United States to bring about a peaceful resolution of those challenges we face than we do from those whose mantra has thus far proven a calamity of immense proportions.

A soundly written, well researched, oblique approach to where in the world the Global War on Terrorism is headed unless we seek the answers we may not like to hear, and enact new policies and adopt new attitudes in order to bring this particular global war to a meaningful and honorable end.

The final chapter of this book is the most powerful and the most human. In and of itself it reveals how important good choices and right priorities are in this life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh and even-handed perspective on religious terrorism Sept. 6 2008
By Farhan - Published on Amazon.com
A young American documentary film-maker decides to find out what all the fuss is about global terrorism and religious fanaticism. Who better to ask than Mr. bin Laden himself ? So, he decides to go look for him. He doesn't find him, but in the end, he is much sadder, but also definitely much wiser. He travels from the U.K. to France, from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, speaks to hundreds of people from all walks of life, who represent scores of cultures and a multitude of religions. Mr. Spurlock presents a very even-handed account of the rise of religious extremism and international terrorism. He looks at the causes that make ordinary people into killers of innocent people, he examines the role of developed countries in inadvertently fanning the resentment, he and he tries to figure out what measures should be taken to bring the world back from the edge of the abyss where it is tottering at the moment.

This is a book which presents the present-day socio-political climate without resorting to any jargon. It is one man's attempt to understand how the world has become such a dangerous place in the space of a few decades, and his resulting narrative is also an impassioned appeal for humanizing the enemy, for improving the quality of life of millions of people who struggle just to put food on their tables every day, and the need to use the modern communications we have at our disposal to educate people all over the world. A must read for anybody; I am not a current-affairs buff, but even I enjoyed Mr. Spurlock's reasonable tone, his genuine effort to stay open-minded, and his honest attempt at looking at the world through the eyes of people driven to the extreme, who have gone off the deep end, and resorted to murder and mayhem in order to achieve their objectives.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spurlock delivers another populist view on current events Oct. 23 2008
By R. C Sheehy - Published on Amazon.com
First of all let me correct many people who mistakenly believe Morgan Suprlock is a liberal. He is in fact a populist, someone who looks at contemporary issues and how they impact the common person. This book does a decent job of doing that and is in many cases an entertaining and eye opening view of what Spurlock wants you to see. Is he biased? Sure, but he never claims to be an objective journalist, he is a film maker and guess what folks, film makers, at least those who make documentaries like he does, get paid to have opinions.

As someone said earlier it is a shame our own government doesn't put this much effort into getting the pulse of the common Muslim and trying to use different means rather then the methods we have been using and which have failed. Spurlock can be a little to smug for his own good and does like to think he's a quasi-comedian, but he does tell a great story and this book continues in that work. It's a very good, but not perfect, work from Morgan Spurlock.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Facinating Documentary June 30 2008
By Kit Disney Ballantyne - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I'll start with listing my prejudice: I think Morgan Spurlock is a genuis. I like everything I've seen from him, including "Sper-Size Me," "30 days" and "What Would Jesus Buy?" He is funny, but educational at the same time.

This book documents his search for Osama Bin Laden, the supposed most wanted man on earth. Through interviews in many different countries, he documents what people believe about jihad - from Muslims of differing varieties, as well as others. He uncovers both truth and lies. He visits people in their homes, oftening sharing meals with them at their insistence.

Morgan Spurlock, the genuis (no, this is NOT being written by his mother or other relative,) does his best to entertwine his personal story of his sometimes dangerous and always thrilling travels, with the views of people from many different backgrounds - people that do and do not believe in the War on Terror. His interviews include those that hate bin Laden and want him dead to those who think bin Laden is just about the best person who ever lived. Spurlock's own opinions are buried so that the results of the interviews are what gets presented.

This book asks whether or not there really is an American campaign to capture bin Laden and bring him to "justice." What would it mean if he ever was arrested? Would it make any difference in the world? Would it make us safer? He also examines the War on Terror by visiting the countries and the people involved on both sides - civillian and military. It asks whether these operations are in anybody's best interest.

He documents bin Ladin's history and visits the places where bin Laden had spent the most time.

I wish I could convey his sense of humor in this review, but to do so, I would have to quote the book itself, which I would rather not do. After all, ripped out of context, the funny stuff might not be that funny.

Spurlock documents his search for the truth about bin Laden in this War on Terror. We all get to ask whether anyone is safer now that America has gotten involved in these conflicts. Are our allies better off? Have we actually helped any Arab nations?

Finally, this book is a good read. As far as I can tell, it is not pro-Muslim or anti-Muslim, pro-war or anti-war, pro-American or anti-American, although it is VERY American to ask tough questions on controversial issues and confront what our country does and says.

Buy it, read it or the terrorists win.

just kidding....lighten up

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