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What Osama Bin Laden was reading in his Pakistani hideout

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The U.S. government recently released a list of books found in Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, where he hid for years before his death. Though he was shut off from the outside world, this reading list shows that Bin Laden kept up with the Western world with plenty of U.S.-focused books, including:

  • Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars
  • Noam Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance
  • Fritz Springmeier, Bloodlines of the Illuminati
  • William Blum, Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower

Bin Laden had American newspapers and magazines as well: Stories about al-Qaeda in the Los Angeles Times, make sense, as Time notes, but there are some more puzzling gems in the list, like an article about AOL stock. Still, the list provides an intriguing glimpse into the mind of one of the most enigmatic and looming figures of this century.