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

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Penguin, 2005 - History - 712 pages
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Based on extensive firsthand accounts, 'Ghost Wars' is the inside story that goes well beyond anything previously published on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, chronicling the roles of midlevel CIA officers, their Afghan allies, and such top spy masters as Bill Casey, Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al Faisal, and George Tenet; heated debates within the American government; and the often poisonous, mistrustful relations between the CIA and foreign intelligence agencies.
 

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Well written and research. - Goodreads
Educational AND a bit depressing. - Goodreads
Comprehensive and easy to read. - Goodreads
The book reads like a sad movie you know the ending to. - Goodreads
Great insight to Afghanistan history of players and CIA - Goodreads
Fascinating. Meticulously researched. - Goodreads

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I read this whilst living in North-Western India and not far from the geographic centre of the book's topic. This is a really amazing historical account of the United State's influence in the Middle-East, the confluence of which resulted in all out war in Afghanistan. Read full review

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Steve Coll is most recently the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bin Ladens. He is the president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Previously heworked for twenty years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Ghost Wars.

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