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Al Qaeda book to hit shelves
WSJ: Doubleday will publish an English translation of bin Laden interviews and al-Zawahiri writings.
January 21, 2005: 2:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - An English translation of interviews with Osama bin Laden and writings by his second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri will hit the shelves, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The book, tentatively titled "Al Qaeda Reader," will be published by Bertelsmann AG's Doubleday imprint sometime next year.

"We firmly believe we're doing a great service to America by publishing the innermost thoughts of our gravest enemy," Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Bertelsmann's Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, told the paper.

The project reportedly originated with Raymond Ibrahim, a library technician for Near East studies who came across the writings at the Library of Congress while reviewing texts from the Middle East. Ibrahim will translate the works and provide commentary in the new book, according to the paper.  Top of page

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