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Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

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    Morgan Spurlock(Author) Erik Singer(Narrator)
Academy Award®—nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is a jittery father-to-be with a simple question: If OBL is behind 9/11 and all the ensuing worldwide chaos, then why can’t we just catch him? And furthermore, why is his message so compelling to so many people? So the intrepid Spurlock kisses his anxious, pregnant wife goodbye and–armed with a complete lack of knowledge, experience, or expertise–sets out to make the world safe for infantkind and find the most wanted man on earth.

After boning up on his basic knowledge of OBL, Islam, and the Global War on Terror, he hits the Osama trail. He zigzags the globe, drawing ever closer to the heart of darkness near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where OBL is rumored to be hiding. Along the way he interviews imams and princes, refugees and soldiers, academics and terrorists. He visits European ghettos where youth aspire to global jihad, breaks the Ramadan fast with Muslims in Cairo, and rides in the bomb squad van in Tel Aviv. And then the fun really starts.

Companion to the acclaimed documentary, Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? delves even deeper than the film. What listeners come away with is possibly the first-ever funny book about terrorism, as well as a greater understanding of a conflict that has cast a shadow across America and the world.

"Well-written, entertaining and above all informative book" (Herald) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Dyspeptic Spirit on 26 January 2013

    To be fair to Morgan Spurlock I'm guessing that he has tried hard to make a film that will have universal appeal about a complex and very serious issue. Unfortunately his flippant style and attempts to be funny make light of what is an issue much too serious to be treated in this way. The trouble is that I don't think this film will appeal to the average American (at whom I presume it is targeted) and it is too lightweight to be of interest to anybody who is well-informed so I think it fails in what it achieves to do (something that Supersize Me managed to do highly successfully). Spurlock does make some good points but they are buried beneath an avalanche of trivialities. And if I hear him ask one more Arab where Osama Bin Laden is ..... shish!

  • By Joanne Schofield on 5 August 2008

    This is a fascinating account of the author's attempt to find the elusive Osama bin Laden. Spurlock travels the world to find out more about the myth and the man, and along the way he discovers many different attitudes to Islam, religion, terrorism and the USA.I couldn't put this book down - it was fascinating, lighthearted in places but also deeply informative; an opportunity to see what the East really thinks of the West. I really can't recommend this book highly enough.

  • By S. King on 15 July 2009

    I picked up this book as a fan of Spurlock's earlier work on the big and small screens.Arranged into a series of chapters about the countries that the author visited, Spurlock sets out to find out - per the title - where Osama Bin Laden is. As other reviewers have stated, what is most interesting is the discovery that the "Western" world and the "Muslim" world often don't really know each other, which builds into fear and mistrust.The reason that I've given this a 4 instead of a five when it is a fantastic book, is that it can be a bit "American" at times. So you may have to look up the occasional reference as to what expressions like "drinking the Kool-Aid" mean. But don't let that put you off. I read this everytime I had a spare minute available, it is that engaging and was genuinely disappointed when I reached the end.If for any reason you don't get right through it, make sure you read Chapter 17, which is a summary of the whole journey and the people he met. It even brought a tear to my eye.

  • By M. Hillmann on 14 March 2009

    A compelling account of a journey to try and understand the forces that underlie the turmoil in the Muslim world and the conflict between America and "terrorist Muslims."He does it by setting out to meet and interview a whole selection of people from many countries. Starting in the USA with Reza Aslem - an Iranian- American Islamic scholar who taught him Islamic culture and about Osama's birthplace Saudi Arabia. Then he zigzags across the world, Britain, France, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and finally to Afghanistan always asking in a refreshingly naive way - "do you know where I can find Osama bin Ladin?". He interviews experts but he also talks to Imams and ordinary people in his attempt to understand the Muslim world and the root of fundamentalism shadowing the world.Very readable, unpretentious and entertaining.

  • By J. Parsons on 14 August 2014

    Though we do now know what has happened to the infamous Bin Laden and where he appeared finally, that is really not the main actual reason to watch this entertaining documentary. This is Morgan Spurlock back with his casual and friendly docu. style but here he looks at and explores the issues of international stereotypes, perceptions, propaganda, fears, manipulation and mostly how regular people in countries all over the world and on opposite sides often are just trying to live their simple lives while governments tell them otehrwise. Very interesting, sad, funny, intelligent film.

  • By Sword of Justice on 13 September 2008

    If Morgan Spurlock has learned anything from over 30 years of movie-going, it's that if the world needs saving, it's best done by a loner willing to face danger head-on, and take it down, action-hero style. So, after undergoing a crash course in military experience, knowledge and expertise, he then sets off to do what the CIA, FBI and countless bounty hunters have failed to do: find the world's most wanted man.Why take on such a seemingly impossible mission? Simple - he wants to make the world safe for his soon to be born child, and he's got 19 weeks to complete the mission so he can get home in time for the birth. En route to his attempt to find Osama bin Laden, he first needs to learn where `BL' came from, what makes him tick, and most importantly, what exactly `created' him to begin with.This is a DVD that seems to have come out with very little fanfare - strange considering that we're at the anniversary of 9/11 once more, and after all "BL" is the reason why America is fighting undeclared wars all over the place, and worldwide we are seeing an erosion of civil liberties as a consequence that has George Orwell muttering from beyond the grave: "I told you so".Spurlock is the guy who discredited fast food so gloriously in "Super Size Me", and has taken on a very thorny subject with this documentary. That said he has discharged himself admirably in his own inimitable style. We are taken on a Wicker's-World-esque global journey to various `trouble spots' (Iraq excluded, on his wife's orders!) to see if the trail of the most wanted man on the planet can be followed.Peppered throughout with hilarious animation (it has to be said, one set-piece near the start of the film will mean you'll never be able to hear MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" without a smile on your face ever again), this is a movie that humanises the inhabitants of various countries; those who we are supposed to believe support terrorists who wish to bring Western democracy to its knees.What we find is that the silent majority in these countries aren't slapping their heads and firing rifles into the air en masse. They, like all of us sane folk on this side of the fence, just want the madness to stop and for peace to break out. These likable individuals try to impress on the audience for this documentary that the nutters don't represent the general population of these regions.It manages to do this via a thoroughly entertaining jaunt, laced with humour whilst having a serious message well-told. The most annoying aspect of the movie is actually the fact that those with a non-American accent - who speak in English - are SUBTITLED, so that those who can't get past dialect can follow what's being said. I assume this is a necessity for a U.S. audience - which perhaps is more telling as to what the problem actually is with middle-America than anything else.For those who caught the movie at the cinema, the DVD is still well worth a purchase, simply because of the extras, and in particular a host of deleted scenes. These are as follows:Three Girls Saudi - Young women of Saudi Arabia reveal their take on the perceived Western misconceptions about Islam. It's interesting how their definition of `freedom' differs to our way of seeing it.Watergate - a spoof of an underground car park scene from "All The President's Men", where the actual head of a CIA division tasked with tracking Bin Laden reveals very little.Shimon Peres - the ninth President of Israel tries to explain his take on the situation with Palestine, in the context of what is and is not terrorism.Afghan Animation - A history of Afghanistan, done as a cartoon featuring various spoofs of movie posters - the best being "1998 - A Cave Odyssey" which, naturally, is a parody of "2001".Martin McGuiness - An attempt to define the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist, in the context of the IRA.Saad Ibrahim - A short interview with the Cairo-based civil rights activist, who says his aims are to make Egypt and the Arab world more democratic, believing in `the politics of engagement, not the politics of exclusion'.Western Showdown - the alternative ending, which is actually far more satisfying than the one they eventually used. This CGI animation is video-game style, where the OK Corral becomes the scene for a head-to-head between Spurlock and `BL', who changes from a nine foot tall bionic ninja to roadrunner during the course of proceedings. Worth the purchase price on its own.Other extras include the Theatrical Trailer, and a 26 minute UK Exclusive interview with Morgan Spurlock. Here, he talks about being recognised in the UK, the genesis of this documentary, and how his wife's pregnancy changed the original planned direction of the movie. He employed local journalists that assisted in getting some of the various exclusives throughout the film, although these didn't help when the found themselves in an Orthodox Jewish quarter of Israel. His methodology with his work is to let a documentary grow in whatever direction it takes you, rather than force it on a planned course.Indeed, Spurlock can see clearly why America's image has changed worldwide to being that of an aggressor, and that the `Cult of Osama' is everywhere - although he is nowhere to be seen. It's as if a monster has been created to take over from previous Cold War bogeymen - although, as we have seen recently, the Russian Bear is back in focus again, so perhaps this week's poll which showed half the people worldwide don't believe Bin Laden was responsible for the events of 9/11 has led to a change in chief villain?"Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden" is a thought-provoking film for those who believe the mass media's view of the history of the 21st Century so far. However, for those of us who are not so sure, perhaps the new Jason Bermas documentary "Fabled Enemies" will be more of an eye-opener.

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