Author Steve Coll discusses his most recent book The Bin Ladens.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the national bestseller Ghost Wars, Steve Coll presents the story of the Bin Laden family's rise to power and privilege. Cole shows how the family navigated around and through the economic and cultural hurdles, and he presents an authentic humanizing story of Saudi Arabia, America and those caught in the crossfire.
Revealing new information, Coll shows how American influence changed a family's fortune and how one family member's rebellion changed the world- The Commonwealth Club of California
Steve Coll is President and CEO of New America Foundation, and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. Previously he spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent and senior editor at The Washington Post, serving as the paper's managing editor from 1998 to 2004.
He is the author of six books, including The Deal of the Century: The Break Up of AT&T (1986); The Taking of Getty Oil (1987); Eagle on the Street, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the SEC's battle with Wall Street (with David A. Vise, 1991); On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia (1994), Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (2004); and forthcoming in 2008, The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century.
Andrew Ross is executive foreign and national editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, and reporting from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central America. Previously, he was an assignment editor for KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, and news director for public television station KQED.
He has also reported for National Public Radio and written for the London Times, Manchester Guardian, Redbook and Good Housekeeping.