I was just wondering if anyone here had read anything by Osama bin Laden, Dr Zawahiri, Sayyid Qutb or anyone else connected to Islamic militancy. I've been reading a few compilations of their writings as well as books about them, and highly recommend certain volumes. Some of the books I've been reading: His Own Words (a collection of Ayman al-Zawahiri's writings, including Knights Under the Prophet's Banner, a must-read for anyone involved in HERRICK or TELIC, or likely to be The al-Qaeda Reader - I haven't read this one yet, but it looks promising Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden The Islamist - Ed Husain's account of his involvement as a radical British Muslim with Hizb ut-Tahrir and other groups. Pretty short, but very informative and particularly resonant for anyone familiar with London Inside the Jihad - by one "Omar Nasiri", who claims to have trained at an training camp (Khaldan, if I remember correctly, and perhaps Darunta as well) in Afghanistan while working for a number of Western Intelligence services The Looming Tower - Lawrence Wright's masterpiece about the background to the Big Wedding operation (9/11), which I've just finished and absolutely loved Al Qaeda - Thoroughly informative... by Jason Burke On the Road to Kandahar - another book by Jason Burke, much shorter than al-Qaeda but a very entertaining read The Great War on Civilization - extraordinary. I don't know how else to describe this immense volume. By Robert Fisk Al-Qaeda and What it Means to Be Modern - not exactly about al-Qaeda, but analyzes the militant movement's roots in a uniquely illuminating fashion And of course, you can find Sayyid Qutb's Milestones online. If you don't want to splash out on any of the books I've listed, find a copy of Milestones on the internet and read it.