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Osama bin Laden's former sister-in-law provides a penetrating, unusually inti- mate look into Saudi soci-ety and the bin Laden family's role within it, as well as the treatment of Saudi women. On September 11th, 2001, Carmen bin Ladin heard the news that the Twin Towers had been struck. She instinctively knew that her ex-brother-in-law was involved in these hor-rifying acts of terrorism, and her heart went out to America. She also knew that her life and the lives of her family would never be the same again. Carmen bin Ladin, half Swiss and half Persian, married into-and later divorced from-the bin Laden family and found herself inside a complex and vast clan, part of a society that she neither knew nor understood. Her story takes us inside the bin Laden family and one of the most powerful, secretive, and repressed kingdoms in the world.

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    Amazing insight of how life in Saudi is for women. A real eye opener into that culture - thankful to be able to be 'me' in Canada. I could not put this book down!

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    This book is a very interesting fast read and provides insight involving the challenges of women who find themselves in the Saudi Arabia "quick sand" lifestyle. Carmen is a woman who takes all the material items (fast imported cars, designer clothes, expensive jewellery, big houses, travel) and hired domestic help for granted. I admired Carmen's strong will to maintain her freedom for herself and her three daughters. Her insight about the Bin Laden family and its dominance is educational and very worthy of your time investment if you are curious about the Saudi Arabia lifestyle and the people who religiously find the western world repulsive. HoB

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