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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

This book is my bible on Al Queda and the Taliban

This is an excellent book IF you're interested in why the Sept. 11 attacks took place and who executed the plans. I haven't found a more comprehensive account anywhere else and Coll's access to key players is astonishing. The book has all the intensity of a spy novel wi...
This is an excellent book IF you're interested in why the Sept. 11 attacks took place and who executed the plans. I haven't found a more comprehensive account anywhere else and Coll's access to key players is astonishing. The book has all the intensity of a spy novel with the exception that it is no fiction. It also isn't a particularly easy read, primarily because of it's scope and the large cast of characters (Coll conveniently includes a list of the key players and their roles in the book). But the reador gains so much understanding of the complex culture and political strife that is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sadly, the book makes you realize the missed golden opportunities the U.S. had after Sept. 11 when they initially routed the Taliban from an exhausted and terrorized Afghanistan only to abandon the effort to focus on Iraq. I highly, highly recommend this book for thoughtful readers who truly want to understand: the consequences of the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the CIA's role in fighting a proxy war against them; the struggles, invasions, and suffering of the Afghan people; the origins of Al Queda and the Taliban and their justifications for terrorism and institution of a stict interpretation of Sharia Law; and Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan's critical role in the entire tragedy we see today. Ghost Wars is one of the most important books you'll read.

posted by judeOK on April 27, 2009

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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

In our current world this is must reading for anyone following the news.

I heard this book recommended by John McCain in a radio interview. We understand so little of the background of the Afghan situation. This Pulitizer Prize winning book is the McGuffy Reader of the Afghan War.

posted by 2349010 on December 5, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Excellent book in depth. Very long and sometimes boring
    but we'll written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2010

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    How did we get to September 11th, 2001?

    The answer to that question can be found in the pages of Ghost Wars. An invaluable source for those intrested in geopolitics and a captivating story for the general history buff. A friend today can be a very useful enemy tomorrow, and this book proves just that.

    A firm understanding of how things developed is crucial to determining how things will turn out in the future--a superb read if there ever was one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    What went on before 9/11

    Backstage look at what went on before 9/11 in considerable detail. Lots of insight into the key players and how they influenced and created current mid-east conditions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    a good account

    A truely gripping account of certain events that have shaped the destiny of what is now the most volatile region on the face of the earth. The narrative is excellent and the events chosen by Steve are also the ones which do make an intresting reading. A must read for all who want to gain an insight into the secret operations of an inteligence agency and the roles essayed by many state and non state actors in what can be termed as a ghost war. Definitely recomended

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