The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
The inspiration for the Netflix original movie War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, and Ben Kingsley
From the author of The Last Magazine, a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the politcal firestorm that shook the United States.
In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings’s article appeared in Rolling Stone, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was unceremoniously fired.
In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. From patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands to senior military advisors’ late-night bull sessions to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building, Hastings presents a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of what he fears is an unwinnable war. Written in prose that is at once eye-opening and other times uncannily conversational, readers of No Easy Day will take to Hastings’ unyielding first-hand account of the Afghan War and its cast of players.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - theonearmedcrab - LibraryThing
Journalist Michael Hastings’ “The Operators” (2012) is billeted as the inside story of America’s war in Afghanistan. It isn’t. Instead, it tells about General McChrystal and his staff, a bunch of ... Read full review
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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
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A Violent Act 7 On the X
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Very Very Bad
The Pentagon Investigates McChrystal 43 The MediaMilitaryIndustrial Complex
Id Rather Be Eating a Burger
The Photo Op 11 Totally ShitFaced
Dead Silence 13 The Horror the Horror
Were Actually Losing 15 Petraeus Cant Do Afghanistan and We Arent Going to Get Bin Laden 16 The Elections Part I
Texts to Berlin 18 The Elections Part II
The Strategy 24 Let Me Be Clear
McChrystal the commanding general of all U S and NATO forces
Come Walk in Our Boots 34 A Boy Born in 1987
An Army of None 38 In the Arena
I Didnt Even Know We Were Fighting There
The Concluding Converations with Duncan Boothby General Petraeus FacePlants in Congress and the Story Breaks While I Watch American Helicop...
THE GRACEFUL EXIT
Worshipping the Gods of Beer 26 Who Is Stanley McChrystal? Part I 19541976
Once Upon a Time in Kandahar 46 King Davids
Tourism Not Terrorism 48 Petraeus Does Body Counts
The New Afghanistan
Joe Biden Is Right
Someday This Wars Gonna End Source Notes
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