Have you ever wondered what controversial political figures had a pleasure in reading? Of course, most of the time you will not find Virginia Woolf, M. Eminescu or Kenzaburo Oe on their bookshelf, still it is a very interesting matter to find out what such figures who made history used to read. Most of the time, we do not even think of them as intellectuals or as people who got their ideas from the wrong books, assuming that they were only psychopaths who wanted to watch the world burn. That may be the case with the Joker and his fantastic motivation of being an `agent of chaos` as the character was portrayed by the eternal Heath Ledger, but that is without any doubts another story. For now, check out bin Laden`s bookshelf, to see what ideas inflamed his jihadi activity and hate on the United States.
The collection of English language books found in the bin Laden raid of 2011 have been recently released by the US Intel. After specialists have analyzed the bookshelf of Osama bin Laden, it looks like the former leader of al Qaeda read a lot of anti-US books, and also titles who covered conspiracy theories and which were written by left wing American intellectuals.
There was a total of 39 books written in English that were taken from the shelter in which Osama bin Laden was hiding, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, prior to the U.S. Navy SEALs raid that accomplished its mission by killing the terrorist leader 4 years ago.
The main subjects which these anti US books were covering were related to conspiracy theories in connection to hypothetically illegal activities by the CIA. The tomes were also connected to conspiracy theories on the activity of the Federal Reserve.
“Bin Laden’s bookshelf showed a generous tolerance for bad prose and an undergraduate’s faith in bad ideas,”
retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters said in a statement, commenting on the reading list of Osama bin Laden. Peters is also a writer and a contributor to Fox News.
The 39 English language books were found together with dozens of other documents, mainly written in Arabic. Recently, the US Intelligence has revealed all of the 103 documents captured during the 2011 raid, under the name of `bin Laden`s bookshelf`.
Among the favorite English language authors of the jihadi leader, there were Noam Chomsky, William Blum and Bob Woodward.
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