In this riveting and revealing autobiography, newspaper editor Abdel Bari Atwan recounts with humour and honesty his many extraordinary encounters, including tea with Margaret Thatcher, his weekend with Osama bin Laden, intimate meetings with Yasser Arafat, and the row between Colonel Gaddafi and the Shah of Iran that earned him his first journalistic break.
Abdel Bari Atwan was Editor-in-Chief at the London-based newspaper, Al Quds al-Arabi, which he edited for the twenty years. Atwan interviewed Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s and has cultivated uniquely well-placed sources from within the various branches of al-Qa'ida over the last fifteen years. His other works include The Secret History of al-Qa'ida and After Bin Laden: Al-Qa'ida The Next Generation(both published by Saqi Books).
Contents Acknowledgments 10 Preface 12 1. Thorns in our Feet 15 2. Sleeping on the Roof 51 3. A Cairene Education 80 4. Career Moves 107 5. The Arab Independent 130 6. Culture Shock 161 7. Beirut-on-Thames 194 8. Osama bin Laden 214 9. Yasser Arafat and the PLO 230 10. Right to Return 259 Appendix 283