The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of Stanley McChrystal's War in Afghanistan
Orion Publishing Group, Limited, Dec 8, 2013 - 352 pages
General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative, forward-thinking commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. He was better known to some as Big Stan, M4, Stan, and his loyal staff liked to call him a "rock star." During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanied by journalist Michael Hastings of "Rolling Stone." For days, Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration for what they saw as a lack of leadership. When Hastings's piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was fired unceremoniously.
In "The Operators," Hastings picks up where his "Rolling Stone" coup ended. He gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and often bitter bureaucratic infighting. Hastings takes us on patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands, to late-night bull sessions of senior military advisors, to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building gone awry. And as he weighs the merits and failings of old-school generals and the so-called COINdinistas-the counterintelligence experts-Hastings draws back the curtain on a hellish complexity and, he fears, an unwinnable war.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DrakeVaughn - LibraryThing
Unfettered access by a young Rolling Stone reporter to a war generalís inner circle - what could go wrong? General Stanley McChrystal received his answer after Hastings scribbled his now-infamous ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
This book takes the "Almost Famous" approach to reporting on a general. Free-lance Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings used his groupie status in the McChrystal entourage into a revealing article ... Read full review