The Operators

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Overview

A shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the politcal firestorm that shook the United States.   

In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings ...

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Overview

A shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the politcal firestorm that shook the United States.   

In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings’s article appeared in Rolling Stone, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was unceremoniously fired.

In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. From patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands to senior military advisors’ late-night bull sessions to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building, Hastings presents a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of what he fears is an unwinnable war.  Written in prose that is at once eye-opening and other times uncannily conversational, readers of No Easy Day will take to Hastings’ unyielding first-hand account of the Afghan War and its cast of players.   

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In June 2010, journalist Michael Hastings broke the gathering media silence about the conflict in Afghanistan with his stunning Rolling Stone article "The Runaway General." This detailed-packed piece not only set off a storm of controversy; it eventually led to the resignation of General Stanley McChyrstal. In The Operators, Hastings explores the planning and conduct of this long-fought war. In exclusive, behind-the-scenes reportage from Afghanistan, Europe, the Middle East, and Washington, he probes beneath the surface of official statements and public platitudes. Certain to make its own headlines.

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Hastings seems to be just the man to tell us what's really happening in Afghanistan; his Rolling Stone article, "The Runaway General," created a storm that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Here he relies on exclusive reporting in Washington, DC, Europe, the Middle East, and, specifically, Afghanistan to clarify what is really happening in that country. I'm betting that this will generate lots of interest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617076770
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Format: Other

Meet the Author

 Michael Hastings started his career at Newsweek in 2005. He is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, covering international affairs and politics. He lives in Vermont.

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