- Jan 22, 2006
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Osama 'plug' boosts anti-US book
Bin Laden apparently said Rogue State was "useful" to read
Osama Bin Laden has seemingly propelled a book by an obscure historian into the US bestseller list, by endorsing it in an audio message aired on Thursday.
"Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" had reached number 21 on the Amazon list by Sunday, leaping from below the 200,000 mark.
Author William Blum, 72, said he had no regrets about the endorsement.
The 320-page book is highly critical of US foreign policy, and says the War on Terror is doomed to failure.
I was not turned off by the endorsement - I'm not repulsed and I am not going to pretend I am
The message, thought to be from Bin Laden, contained threats of new attacks on the US, but also a call for a long-term truce.
He has described the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington as "an understandable retaliation against US foreign policy", but makes clear that this is not a justification of them.