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Ghost Wars: The Secret History Of The Cia, Afghanistan, And Bin Laden, From The Soviet Invasion To…

by Steve Coll

Penguin Books | December 28, 2004 | Trade Paperback

Ghost Wars: The Secret History Of The Cia, Afghanistan, And Bin Laden, From The Soviet Invasion To September 10 is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

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


With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 738 pages, 8.46 × 5.56 × 1.6 in

Published: December 28, 2004

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143034669

ISBN - 13: 9780143034667

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Canadian should read Pulitzer-prize winning book by Steve Coll. Most comprehensive look at the history of Afghanistan and America's involvement over the last 30 years. Well-researched includes details of CIA intervention and support for the Mujahedeen in the war with the Soviets, America's abandonment after the Soviets retreated, the rise of the Taliban, and ultimately the emergence of al Qaeda. 30 years of civil war and counting, a truly unlucky country indeed.
Date published: 2006-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for anyone in the post-9/11 world This book had been on my "must read" list for a long time, and all I can say is that I can't believe I waited so long to read it. Coll's book is a shocking and at times extremely disturbing account of the actions of various governments and spy agencies from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to the events of 9/11. Given particular attention by Coll are the CIA, and the governments of the US, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and of course the Taliban. What emerges from Coll's meticulous research is a shocking and almost comedic set of mistakes made by virtually everyone involved with Afghanistan, from US presidents to CIA officers stationed in Pakistan. Coll appears to have had unparalleled access to classifed documents as well as interviews with many of the key players. What becomes apparent is that US funding of anti-communist "mujahedin" in Afghanistan is led, almost directly, to the birth of the Taliban, which in turn provided shelter to bin Laden, which in turn led to 9/11. Had the results of multiple failures of US policy and intelligence not led to such tragic circumstances, they would almost be funny, but no one escapes criticism in Coll's book. He rightly points out that both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were complicit in the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan, and in particular the Saudis funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars to the Taliban. Just as disturbing as these governments' support of the Taliban was the willingness of successive US administrations to ignore both Saudi and Pakistani complicity in the rise of the Taliban. Coll even includes a fascinating chapter on the attempts of one US oil company to build a pipeline through Afghanistan. Coll's writing style is light and this book reads more like an extended article in a newspaper than anything else. The book follows a roughly chronological order and is easy to follow. I became so engaged with this book, I had trouble putting it down. I'm hard-pressed to find anything wrong with it, and if you want a book that perfectly tells you how the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan led almost directly to the events of 9/11, this is it. Easily one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2006-07-14

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Ghost Wars: The Secret History Of The Cia, Afghanistan, And Bin Laden, From The Soviet Invasion To…

by Steve Coll

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 738 pages, 8.46 × 5.56 × 1.6 in

Published: December 28, 2004

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143034669

ISBN - 13: 9780143034667

About the Book

From the managing editor of "The Washington Post" comes this news-breaking account of the CIA's involvement in the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and gave rise to bin Laden's al Qaeda.

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In the tattered, cargo-strewn cabin of an Ariana Afghan Airlines passenger jet streaking above Punjab toward Kabul sat a stocky, broad-faced American with short graying hair. He was a friendly man in his early fifties who spoke in a flat midwestern accent. He looked as if he might be a dentist, an acquaintance once remarked. Gary Schroen had served for twenty- six years as an officer in the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine services. He was now, in September 1996, chief of station in Islamabad, Pakistan. He spoke Persian and its cousin, Dari, one of Afghanistan’s two main languages. In spy terminology, Schroen was an operator. He recruited and managed paid intelligence agents, conducted espionage operations, and supervised covert actions against foreign governments and terrorist groups. A few weeks before, with approval from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, he had made contact through intermediaries with Ahmed Shah Massoud, the celebrated anti-Soviet guerrilla commander, now defense minister in a war-battered Afghan government crumbling from within. Schroen had requested a meeting, and Massoud had accepted. They had not spoken in five years. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, as allies battling Soviet occupation forces and their Afghan communist proxies, the CIA had pumped cash stipends as high as $200,000 a month to Massoud and his Islamic guerrilla organization, along with weapons and other supplies. Between 1989 and 1991, Schroen had personall
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Table of Contents

List of Maps Principal Characters Prologue: Accounts Receivable - September 1996 Part One: Blood Brothers - November 1979 to February 1989 1. “We’re Going to Die Here 2. “Lenin Taught Us” 3. “Go Raise Hell” 4. “I Loved Osama” 5. “Don’t Make It Our War” 6. “Who Is This Massoud?” 7. “The Terrorists Will Own the World” 8. “Inshallah, You Will Know My Plans” 9. “We Won” Part Two: The One-Eyed Man Was King - March 1989 to December 1997 10. “Serious Risks” 11. “A Rogue Elephant” 12. “We Are in Danger” 13. “A Friend of Your Enemy” 14. “Maintain a Prudent Distance” 15. “A New Generation” 16. “Slowly, Slowly Sucked into It” 17. “Dangling the Carrot” 18. “We Couldn’t Indict Him” 19. “We’re Keeping These Stingers” 20. “Does America Need the CIA?” Part Three: The Distant Enemy - January 1998 to September 10, 2001 21. “You Are to Capture Him Alive” 22. “The Kingdom’s Interests” 23. “We Are at War” 24. “Let’s Just Blow the Thing Up” 25. “The Manson Family” 26. “That Unit Disappeared” 27. “You Crazy White Guys” 28. “Is There Any Policy?” 29. “Daring Me to Kill Them” 30. “What Face Will Omar Show to God?” 31.
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From the Publisher

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

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


With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

About the Author

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.

From Our Editors

The book that sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution. Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified government files and interviewed senior US officials and foreign spymasters. Here he gives the full inside story of the CIA's covert funding of an Islamic jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, explores how this sowed the seeds of bn Laden's rise, traces how he built his global network and brings to life the dramatic battles within the US government over national security. Above all, he lays bare American intelligence's continual failure to grasp the rising threat of terrrorism in the years leading to 9/11 - and its devastating consequences.

Editorial Reviews

"Certainly the finest historical narrative so far on the origins of al Qaeda in the post-Soviet rubble of Afghanistan . . . Ghost Wars provides fresh details and helps explain the motivations behind many crucial decisions."
-The New York Times Book Review

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