The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Yaroslav Trofimov

Narrated By: Todd McLaren

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: October 2007

Duration: 8 hours 13 minutes


On November 20, 1979, hundreds of gunmen who believed that the Saudi royal family had become a craven servant of American infidels stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, seeking a return to the glory of uncompromising Islam. The Siege of Mecca reveals how Saudi reaction to this two-week uprising in Mecca set free the forces that produced the attacks of 9/11 and the harrowing circumstances that surround us today.