This is a fantastic book about the inner workings of Washington and how a handful of men pulled the strings that resulted in funding Afghan fighters while subsequently taking money away from other dramas like Iran-Contra, etc. It explains a lot about how a couple of very strong personalities are responsible for current events in Afghanistan, as well as contributing to the creation of anti-American jihad. Absolutely fascinating.
If you saw the movie, the movie did not do this book or the facts justice and skimmed over way too many important events. Totally worth the read, especially if the U.S. government bores and disgusts you.
Great book. This is the stuff of Hollywood fiction, and when I read it, I had to keep going back to the forward to confirm that this was actually a work of non-fiction. It's an entertaining read about one of the world's true "characters," a person who was able to do some unbelievable things with little more than audacity and personality. I haven't gone to see the movie, because it's just too outlandish a tale to reduce to 2 1/2 hours.
Fascinating story of the support provided for the mujahideen during Afghanistan's Soviet years. Completely puts paid to the lies about how the U.S. trained Osama bin Laden or did anything more than provide war materiel to a people struggling for freedom.
Politics, spies, battles and a Congressman who really shouldn't have existed outside of a novel; this book has it all. And clarifies a critical part of recent history.
If you enjoy politics this is a book for you. It is amazing what this man got away with.
Fascinating! It amazing how our country has forgotten the importance of the CIA's role in the Afghan war.
Gee Whiz! All of that... and he was a Democrat, too!