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Noam Chomsky, Bob Woodward, U.S. foreign policy, Islam — these are the names and topics that one would have stumbled upon if perusing Osama bin Laden’s bookshelf in his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound.
Four years after the bin Laden raid, the United States has declassified a list of 39 English-language books the former al-Qaeda leader had on display at his home. The non-fiction books include topics such as: U.S. conquests abroad:
“America’s Strategic Blunders,” “America’s ‘War on Terrorism,'” “Obama’s Wars,” “Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II,” “Unfinished Business, U.S. Overseas Military Presence in the 21st Century,” “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower,” “New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11″ Islam: “A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam,” “Christianity and Islam in Spain,” “Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources, and Strategies,” “In Pursuit of Allah’s Pleasure” International relations and war: “Handbook of International Law,” “Guerrilla Air Defense: Antiaircraft Weapons and Techniques for Guerrilla Forces,” “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers,” “Oxford History of Modern War,” “International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific,” “Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies”The two Chomsky books Bin Laden had on his shelves when Navy SEALs ended his miserable life:
“Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance” by Noam Chomsky
“Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies” by Noam Chomsky