Every Book on bin Laden's Bookshelf

Well, the English-language ones, at least
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2015 9:18 AM CDT
Every Book on bin Laden's Bookshelf
This undated image taken from video released by Qatar's Al-Jazeera television shows Osama bin Laden.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Al-Jazeera via APTN)

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence yesterday released an "unprecedented number" of documents recovered in the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan (among them: an al-Qaeda application and a warning about Iranian dentists). The ODNI also released a list of the 39 English-language books (though one is described as a "single saved webpage" and another as "only the book's introduction) found there. The New York Times frames the bookshelf as a "weird hodgepodge." The Guardian points out that the collection "bizarrely" includes a number of books by conspiracy theorists; one alleges George W. Bush had foreknowledge of 9/11. The full list is here, with 15 standouts below:

  1. A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam by IA Ibrahim
  2. America's Strategic Blunders by Willard Matthias
  3. Al-Qaeda's Online Media Strategies: From Abu Reuter to Irhabi 007 by Hanna Rogan
  4. Black Box Voting, Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris
  5. Bloodlines of the Illuminati by Fritz Springmeier
  6. Christianity and Islam in Spain 756-1031 AD by CR Haines
  7. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins
  8. Handbook of International Law by Anthony Aust
  9. Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky
  10. Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies by Noam Chomsky
  11. New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 by David Ray Griffin
  12. Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward
  13. Oxford History of Modern War by Charles Townshend
  14. Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower by William Blum
  15. The United States and Vietnam 1787-1941 by Robert Hopkins Miller
What won't be declassified: bin Laden's porn stash. (Read more Osama bin Laden stories.)

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