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Upcoming, updated Bin Laden books

May 6, 2011 | 10:40 am

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The killing of Osama bin Laden early May 2 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, made history. And it changed the way history books are being written.

At Library Journal, Barbara Hoffert looks at some newly signed books that will discuss the death of the Al Qaeda leader as well as those in the pipeline that will be due for some revisions:

Coming swiftly after Bin Laden's death, an ebook of essays entitled "Beyond Bin Laden: America and the Future of Terror" will be available May 9 for just $1.99. It includes contributions from several heavyweights: former secretary of state James A. Baker III, Karen Hughes, who was a security advisor to President George W. Bush, and Richard N. Haass, chair of the Council on Foreign relations.

Journalist Peter Bergen, author of "The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda" (2011), has signed on to write a book tentatively titled "The Manhunt."

Coming in August, "Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda," by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, is getting a new chapter that will illuminate how America's counterterrorism strategies led to the May raid on Bin Laden's compound.

Three books coming in September -- the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- may cry out for updates incorporating news of Bin Laden's death: "Rock the Casbah: How Sheikhs, Comedians, Rappers, and Women Are Challenging Osama bin Laden" by Robin Wright, Debora Scroggins' "Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui" and "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda" by former FBI agent Ali H Soufan with Daniel Freedman.

In fiction, Richard North Patterson's latest book was sort of (but, we hope, not entirely) prescient: "The Devil's Light" posits the possibility of a nuclear attack on Israel by Al Qaeda with weapons stolen from Pakistan. It was published May 3.

Read more about upcoming releases related to 9/11, Al Qaeda and Bin Laden at Library Journal.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Osama bin Laden in a 1997 CNN interview. Credit: Associated Press

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