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

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Penguin, Dec 28, 2004 - Political Science - 738 pages
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Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan

To what extent did America’s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, Ghost Wars details the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan (including its covert operations against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989), the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of bin Laden, and the failed efforts by U.S. forces to find and assassinate bin Laden in Afghanistan.

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User Review  - mdubois - LibraryThing

A great overview of the involvement of the US in Pakistan, Afghanistan and their relationship with Saudi Arabia. This book chronicles the support for Afghan fighters during the Soviet invasion, the ... Read full review

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An outstanding book whose contents were infuriating. Read full review


Praise About the Author
Title Page Copyright Page Dedication
Authors Note PART ONE BLOOD BROTHERS Chapter 1 Were Going to Die Here
Lenin Taught Us
Go Raise Hell
I Loved Osama
Dangling the Carrot
We Couldnt Indict Him
Were Keeping These Stingers
Does America Need the CIA?
You Are to Capture Him Alive
The Kingdoms Interests
We Are at War
Lets Just Blow the Thing Up

Dont Make It Our War
Who Is This Massoud?
The Terrorists Will Own the World
Inshallah You Will Know My Plans
We Won
Serious Risks
A Rogue Elephant
We Are in Danger
A Friend of Your Enemy
Maintain a Prudent Distance
A New Generation
Slowly Slowly Sucked into It
The Manson Family
That Unit Disappeared
You Crazy White Guys
Is There Any Policy?
Daring Me to Kill Them
What Face Will Omar Show to God?
Many Americans Are Going to Die
What an Unlucky Country
Afterword Notes Bibliography
Acknowledgements Index

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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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