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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of The CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to 9/11/2001
Ghost Wars The Secret History of The CIA Afghanistan and Bin Laden From the Soviet Invasion to 9/11/2001 Author:Steve Coll To what extent did Americas best intelligence analysts grasp the rising threat of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed th... more »e seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, Coll details the secret history of the CIAs role in Afghanistan, 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.« less
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One of the better books about current events I've read recently. The New York Times review on the front cover states"Objective and terrific...the finest historical narrative so far on the origins of al Qaeda...makes the reader want to rip the page and yell at the American counterterriosim officials he describes...and thell them to watch out." Actually, I thought he did a pretty good job of explaining the reasoning of why certain American officials did certain things, including pointing out the uncertainty of the information we had regarding the immediate location of bin Laden. If he does have an axe to grind, it is over our inability to develop our own adequate sources of intelligence and lines of commucation in Afganistan and Pakistan.