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

From the award-winning and bestselling author of Directorate S, 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  - PCorrigan - LibraryThing

Interesting and important reading even in 2017 with the basic facts leading up to 9/11 pretty well known by anyone who has devoted even modest attention to the subject. Where the book excels in my ... Read full review

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User Review  - ProfH - LibraryThing

Fascinating and depressing read--This is a good one for anyone who thinks that foreign relations aren't that complicated or who misses out on the necessity of knowing a region's history before entangling his or her country in a conflict. Read full review

Contents

Cover
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
Dont Make It Our War
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
The Manson Family

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
Dangling the Carrot
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
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Steve Coll is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars and the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and from 2007 to 2013 was president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and previously worked for twenty years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of seven other books, including On the Grand Trunk Road, The Bin Ladens, Private Empire, and Directorate S.

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