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Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan---and the Path to Victory
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Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan---and the Path to Victory

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by Anthony Shaffer
 

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Operation Dark Heart tells the story of what really went on—and what went wrong—in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer led a black-ops team on the forefront of the military efforts to block the Taliban's resuregence. For a moment he saw us winning the war. Then the military brass got involved. He witnessed firsthand the tipping point, when what

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Operation Dark Heart tells the story of what really went on—and what went wrong—in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer led a black-ops team on the forefront of the military efforts to block the Taliban's resuregence. For a moment he saw us winning the war. Then the military brass got involved. He witnessed firsthand the tipping point, when what seemed like certain victory turned into failure.

This wasn't the first time he had seen bureacracy stand in the way of national security. He had participated in Able Danger, the aborted intelligence operation that identitifed many of the future 9/11 terrorists but failed to pursue them. His attempt to reveal the truth to the 9/11 Commission would not go over well with the higher-ups.

Operation Dark Heart made headlines when the Department of Defense bought the entire unredacted first printing. The book's revised second printing includes redactions, which, according to The New York Times, "offer a rare glimpse behind the bureaucratic veil that clocks information the government considers too important for public airing." But most importantly, Operation Dark Heart remains a stirring indictment against military bureaucracy and a culture of cover-ups.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Anthony Shaffer has written a gripping account, filled with amazing detail, of an otherwise secret world. Shaffer has the instincts of a thriller writer and the knowledge and perspective of the professional insider. Operation Dark Heart is a fascinating page-turner.” —Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers

“Takes you inside the espionage world, a labyrinth of secret agencies that do not like to share secrets.” —Army Times

“Riveting.” —Playboy

“A nonfiction book that frequently reads like an adventure novel … A fascinating, eye-opening book.” —Booklist

Operation Dark Heart provides a view of the war that you will not get from the news.” —Bowling Green Daily News

“[Operation Dark Heart] takes you inside the espionage world, a labyrinth of secret agencies that do not like to share secrets.” —Army Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312606916
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
394,001
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

LT. COL. ANTHONY SHAFFER is a Bronze Star Medal recipient and a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army Reserve. A CIA-trained senior intelligence operations officer, he has more than twenty-five years of experience in the intelligence community. He is a Senior Fellow and Special Lecturer at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan -- and the Path to Victory 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
ChanFan More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered the book only to find out a short time later that it was to be published in a redacted format. I thought redacted meant edited for sensitive content (as in NOT blacked out, but simply re-written). Oh well. At first, upon opening the book, I thought this is going to suck! But it really wasn't that bad of a book. I appreciate the authors expertise in his craft. I think he did a good job of differentiating the huge difference between the career-first, weenie bureaucrats and the mission-first troopers that face life and death situations every day on the ground. USMC INFANTRY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Ive read it 5 times and I keep reading parts I have missed.AMAZING!!!
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McFriendly More than 1 year ago
the book had its moments, was most interesting when the writer was describing sights and sounds of being under fire and traveling in Afghanistan. I found the large number of blacked out lines and paragraphs distracting and annoying - surely the author/publisher could have taken another week or two to rewrite the affected passages. a bit of a letdown - although I definitely agree with the author's position that W and his evil cabal completely botched the war.
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