Osama won't play the publicity game

<p>Publicity people regularly cringe when authors forget to mention their books in interviews; it is even more frustrating when a writer decides to promote someone else's book. So imagine the annoyance of Verso staff when Osama bin Laden, in his recent radio message, decided not to mention Messages to the World--the recently published collection of his statements--but instead talked warmly about William Blum's Rogue State (Zed Books). "We didn't expect bin Laden to co-operate much with the book, but this rather takes the biscuit," says Verso's Rowan Wilson. No firm news yet on whether Osama...

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