Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 738 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 1.57 in
Published: December 28, 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books
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.
Read from the Book
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
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.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize
The explosive first-hand account of America''s secret history in
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
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.
"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