By PATRICK SEALE
Abu Nidal has been defined because the world's most deadly terrorist, a gun for lease and a guy with no scruples, answerable for the murders of numerous blameless humans - but little is understood approximately him or his association. This booklet units out to inform his tale, from the learning camp within the Libyan desolate tract the place his recruits are damaged and brainwashed, to the adolescence of the master-terrorist and his position within the background of the PLO. bills are supplied by way of former allies, neighbors and survivors of his camps approximately Nidal's sluggish transformation right into a guy who changed politics with violence and got here to mistrust everybody. The booklet tells how he was once taken up via the Iraqis, the Syrians after which the Libyans, and the way he collected an unlimited fortune via extortion and hands buying and selling. the result's not only a biography, yet an account of the intricacies of Middle-East politics during the last region of a century.
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