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Ghost Wars (English)

Author: Steve Coll
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Language: English
Length: 736 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Ghost Wars delves into America’s role in funding militants during the period of Soviet Union's’ invasion of Afghanistan, and how it ensued in the 9/11 tragedy. Ghost Wars has been penned by Steve Coll based on his extensive research. The book is greatly informative, and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Ghost Wars is possibly the most authentic and illuminating account of the fiasco of the United States in stopping bin Laden. The book probes into the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency, when the Soviet Union attacked Afghanistan. Coll has collected facts and figures from CIA officers, US officials, their Afghan associates, and foreign spymasters including Bill Casey and George Tenet. He recounts how a section of Afghans protested against the Soviet invasion, and how the CIA began providing the rebels with monetary support and arms at the right point of time. The reason behind this was that the US wanted the Soviets to remain as far away from Central Asia as possible because it was wealthy in terms of oil. They even financed training camps at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Osama bin Laden was one of the people who got trained in this process. Although America left Afghanistan after the Soviets withdrew, it had already equipped the militants with weapons. What remained a great surprise was why America didn’t do anything to stop Pakistan from letting Taliban flourish in its own land. In the meanwhile, the anxiety of nuclear-armed Pakistan picking a battle with nuclear-armed India also persisted. Ghost Wars reveals the drama within the US government concerning the security of the nation. Coll asserts that the U.S. politicians and military frontrunners were well aware for several years about Islamic fanaticism causing shocking penalties for the US. It even took years to just track down bin Laden. Coll has taken more than ten years to write this book, patiently explaining the history. His comprehensive research and captivating narrative in this book won him the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in the year 2005.

About Steve Coll

Steve Coll is an American journalist and author. He was born in 1958. In the year 1980, Coll completed his graduation with English and History majors from the Occidental College in Los Angeles. He eventually started working at The New Yorker, The Post, and The Washington Post. Coll is currently the CEO and President of the NGO, New America Foundation. His book Eagle on the Street is based on his own Pulitzer Prize winning account of the SEC’s battle with Wall Street. His work The Bin Ladens won him the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for nonfiction. Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power was honoured with the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Steve Coll has also been the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award in the year 2000 for his outstanding coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone. Some of the other notable books written by Coll are The Deal of the Century: The Breakup of AT&T, On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia, and The Taking of Getty Oil.

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Author Steve Coll
Author Info Winner of a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, Steve Coll has been managing editor of The Washington Post since 1998 and covered Afghanistan as the Post's South Asia bureau chief between 1989 and 1992. He is the author of four books, including On the Grand Trunk Road and The Taking of Getty Oil.
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Books
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2005 March
ISBN-13 9780141020808
ISBN-10 0141020806
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 736 Pages
Awards Pulitzer Prize Winner
Award Year 2005
Dimensions
Width 5.19 inch
Height 7.79 inch
Depth 1.33 inch
Weight 516 g
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amazing book

"over the world" coverage of the covert operations of the CIA and how they funded separatist hardliners. best book to study international middle east politics. one must atleast once read this classic piece of literature.

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nice read

Day by day I am seeing deteriorated book quality from Flipkart, pages dont feel that great, cover page same, feels like it has been picked up from street vendor.
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osama biden and obama laden

its such a fascinating coincidence.
john biden and barack obama's name has this similarity with the name of osama bin laden. this book tells us the truth of cia's covert actions during the soviet invasion of afghanistan and the subsequent rise of taliban.

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seems to a great extent truthful.....

A cogent and comprehensive analysis of one the most dreaded contemporary world nexus misunderstood by many. Though there is need of a principled and firmly established ideological mind to read it and redevelop it in his mind which would definitely give one of the most transparent machinations the world has ever had.

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Most researched and revealing

Once u read this book you think worst about the AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND CIA DOCTRINE,
they created UBL and then they killed him after 11 years in ABBOTTABAD.
They tried to stop russia but in turn gave birth to RADICAL ISLAM,Talibs,
The world is suffering for the worthless american policy.

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amazing book

"over the world" coverage of the covert operations of the CIA and how they funded separatist hardliners. best book to study international middle east politics. one must atleast once read this classic piece of literature. (View complete review)

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nice read

Day by day I am seeing deteriorated book quality from Flipkart, pages dont feel that great, cover page same, feels like it has been picked up from street vendor.
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osama biden and obama laden

its such a fascinating coincidence.
john biden and barack obama's name has this similarity with the name of osama bin laden. this book tells us the truth of cia's covert actions during the soviet invasion of afghanistan and the subsequent rise of taliban.
(View complete review)

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Wajahat Mehran
10 Dec 2013
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seems to a great extent truthful.....

A cogent and comprehensive analysis of one the most dreaded contemporary world nexus misunderstood by many. Though there is need of a principled and firmly established ideological mind to read it and redevelop it in his mind which would definitely give one of the most transparent machinations the... (View complete review)

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akc
27 Oct 2013
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Most researched and revealing

Once u read this book you think worst about the AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND CIA DOCTRINE,
they created UBL and then they killed him after 11 years in ABBOTTABAD.
They tried to stop russia but in turn gave birth to RADICAL ISLAM,Talibs,
The world is suffering for the worthless american policy.
(View complete review)

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