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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312606916
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 774,249
  • 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.

For more information, visit his Web site at www.operationdarkheart.com.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    OPERATION REDACTED

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2010

    Good story, but lacking teeth.

    This is a good story of how Defense HUMINT integrated with SOF in Afghanistan early in the war, but lacks teeth. With the redactions (DoD forced portions of the book to be blacked out because of classified information), there is a significant lack of punch to the story I otherwise feel would be there. The redactions also became annoying the further I got into the story, as whole paragraphs and pages were blanked out at critical points leaving me wondering why I was reading the book in the first place. The name is miss leading, because they never carried out the operation, which would have been awesome. I came away dissapointed even though I thought it was interesting.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    Butchered

    I was waiting for this book with baited breath; until I read that the Pentagon had butchered the manuscript...I will refrain from purchasing now. Bummer.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    To opalleaf

    Is this yiur secret den? Whitetooth

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    NOT RECCOMEND AT ALL

    The redactions are distracting. The author should try his hand at acting as he referenced EVERYTHING to a movie or T.V. show. I take my hat off to his service to this country but I could hardly get through it. His political views are Democratic with Democratic views and a pinch of Democratic blaah blaah. Would not reccomend at all! The one star I gave it was only due to the fact I could not post this without marking atleast one?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    Loved it but...

    I loved the book and admire the man. For the Govt. to completley wipe most of the book, well just sucks. Still spells out how we can win and what and who the probelms are. Would have given five stars if not for all the blacking of script.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

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    Honestly it is a screwy book

    I can't read most of it's content. Due to the government tell this honorable soldier, that he must take it out due to National Security. A book is some once life story. It should be made avaiable to read it's full content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2010

    Must read book

    Great Work. could not stop reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2010

    Dont get it!

    Man, what a waste of money. The editing and omissions of key points in the book make it very frustrating to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2010

    Would not recommend!

    Had I purchased the actual book instead of the e-book, I would have returned it to B&N. the redaction's have completely ruined what would otherwise have been a great read. There are entire pages that are redacted thus leaving the reader wondering what in the hell was the author talking about!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    A complete waste of time

    From the info contained in his report little is left to the imagination as to why we have been unable to subdue a primitive foe.
    Finally, Shaffer gives his immature view of how to conduct the "war".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Disappointed

    I read LTC Shaffer's first book and it was absolutely one of the best books I've read about OEF. I was hoping for the same with his new addition, but was very disappointed when 1/4 of the book was filled with "*** *** ***".

    I think it is an absolute shame that the DOD came in and put an axe to his publication.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Less than expected

    Of course they are going to tell you that the book is still good. They wouldn't make any money. The blanked out areas are annoying and in many cases totally stupid since i can even tell what they were refering about. To bad for LT. Col Shaffer that the DoD decided to get involved. Like the bad guys really don't know what's going on. Another case of desk pilots telling you how to fly an airplane.

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