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Learning something about Bin Laden by looking at his bookshelf

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

The release of a partial list of books, documents, press clippings and other materials the United States government says were seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan does make for some intriguing rummaging. We imagine Bin Laden cooped up in his hideaway devouring reports on 9/11, trying to figure out his nemesis America through stacks of mainstream and fringe books and articles, boning up on France, firing off messages

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