Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden

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Penguin UK, Mar 3, 2005 - History - 736 pages
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The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution.

Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified government files and interviewed senior US officials and foreign spymasters. Here he gives the full inside story of the CIA's covert funding of an Islamic jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, explores how this sowed the seeds of bn Laden's rise, traces how he built his global network and brings to life the dramatic battles within the US government over national security. Above all, he lays bare American intelligence's continual failure to grasp the rising threat of terrrorism in the years leading to 9/11 - and its devastating consequences.

  

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Well written and research. - Goodreads
Educational AND a bit depressing. - Goodreads
Comprehensive and easy to read. - Goodreads
Great insight to Afghanistan history of players and CIA - Goodreads
Fascinating. Meticulously researched. - Goodreads
This is a great book, very educational and enlighten. - Goodreads

Review: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

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2 words: state propaganda! Read full review

Review: Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

User Review  - Ramsey Caraballo - Goodreads

Outstanding....after i finished it (in Iraq) I handed it off to a fellow Soldier. I hope he finished it and passed it on. Read full review

Contents

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PROLOGUE ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
Were Going toDie Here
GoRaise Hell
Inshallah You Will Know My Plans
We Won
Serious Risks
ARogue Elephant
Were KeepingThese
You Areto CaptureHim
The Kingdoms
We Are atWar 24 LetsJust Blowthe
The MansonFamily
You Crazy White Guys
IsThere Any Policy?
Many Americans Are Going to Die

WeAre inDanger
Maintain aPrudent Distance
Dangling
We Couldnt Indict Him

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About the author (2005)

Steve Coll, winner of a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, has been managing editor of the Washington Post since 1998 and covered Afghanistan as the Post's South Asia bureau chief between 1989 and 1992. Coll is the author of four books, including On the Grand Trunk Road and The Taking of Getty Oil.

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