The Operators

Michael Hastings’ startling 2010 Rolling Stone essay “The Runaway General” painted a portrait of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, then the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, that shocked readers and resulted in McChrystal’s ouster. In this revealing book, Hastings delves deeper into the conduct of high-level military brass and the complexities of our involvement in the chaotic region. An irreverent take on the realities of modern conflict.