Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
If, however, you want to see Morgan Spurlock venture into the darkest corners of the Middle East to discover, hey, we're kind of alike in many ways, then you will enjoy this film. Obviously, Morgan did not find Osama. I think it's unfortunate that this was the theme of the movie, because really, finding Osama was just a pretext. Spurlock wanted to learn more about what makes us the same, and what makes us different. He did both. He went in with no real political agenda, just a feeling that under the skin, we have everything in common. I think he demonstrated this.
While Morgan's wife was pregnant with their first child, Spurlock ventured across the Atlantic from his comfy home in New York. He visited Israel, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and make other Muslim countries. He interviewed students, scholars, extremists, and every day people on the street. While it is amusing to watch him poking his head around corners looking for Osama, it is far more interesting to hear what these people have to say. "If the USA has come to help us, why did they not come with ambulances, but with tanks?" asks one extremist. Spurlock has no answer. Obviously these issues run very deep, but is amazing how alike we all are. One extremist loves WWE wrestling.
Elsewhere, Morgan is taught survival techniques in case he is captured. He watches a bomb squad in Israel detonate a suspicious package. Later, he is surrounded and ordered to leave by an angry mob of Hasidic Jews, who block his exit. It is a lot for the likable filmmaker from New York to deal with, but that is what makes this movie relatable.Read more ›
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I don't usually like to watch a film twice, but I would see this one again in a heartbeat.
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.
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.
The facts are these: OBL has not been found, Al Qaeda is still strong and probably growing, the war on terror is not working, and current policies are not effective. Sowing more discord throughout an already troubled region is not going to help any of us now or in the long run.
This is not as strong as some of Spurlock's previous work, but it is worth a look for its relevant subject matter.