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The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century

Steve Coll
In conversation with Mike Shuster, NPR Foreign Correspondent
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
01:03:36
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Episode Summary
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the bestseller Ghost Wars presents the story of the Bin Laden family's rise to power and privilege, revealing how American influences changed the family and how one member's rebellion changed America.

Participant(s) Bio
Steve Coll is a writer for The New Yorker and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. He is president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington. Previously he served, over twenty years, as a reporter, foreign correspondent and ultimately as managing editor of the Washington Post. He is also the author of On the Grand Trunk Road, The Deal of the Century, and The Taking of Getty Oil. Coll received a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding international print reporting and the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best magazine reporting from abroad. Ghost Wars, published in 2004, received the Pulitzer for general non-fiction and the Arthur Ross award for the best book on international affairs.


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