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Ghost Wars

The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Written by: Steve Coll
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 26 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2005

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan.

With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

©2011 Steve Coll (P)2011 Penguin

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" Ghost Wars is a complex study of intelligence operations and an invaluable resource for those seeking a nuanced understanding of how a small band of extremists rose to inflict incalculable damage on American soil." (Amazon.com review)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-19

BE WARNED DO NOT BUY THE AUDIO VERSON!!!

First off I would like to say this is a very interesting, highly detailed and very well researched book (the narration was very good as well). THAT BEING SAID....
The person who edited the audiobook version and who was in charge of quality control was either drunk or completely incompetent and they need to be fired..

At least once or twice every hour or so (if not more) It just cuts off mid sentence and starts on again somewhere else leaving you clueless about the content you might have missed. It is honestly UNACCEPTABLE.. The only reason I managed to finish the book is that i'm highly interested in the subject matter and I don't have the extra money lying around to buy the same damn book I already own but in a different form.

Still, if you're interested in the events that lead up to 9-11 en wat was happening in and around Afghanistan with the CIA, Massoud, Bin Laden, the Taliban and the Soviet occupation (and constant influence of Pakistan) This is a must read. JUST GET THE EBOOK VERSION. BE WARNED.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-20

Epic journalism

A thorough and engaging expose of the CIA’s battle against Bin Laden and the factors that led up to the 9/11 attacks. Investigative journalism of the highest order. Highly recommended.

Only let down by some minor but irritating editing issues with the recording.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

Ghost Wars

Great story but very poorly edited.
It is a shame because it spoiled the experience.