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Ghost Wars looks into America’s role in funding militants during the Soviet Union's’ invasion of Afghanistan, and how it resulted in the 9/11 attacks. Coll has written a book that is well-researched, shocking, informative, and for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.

Summary Of The Book

Ghost Wars is perhaps the most honest and revealing account of the failure of the United States to stop Osama Bin Laden. The book is divided into three parts, namely Blood Brothers, November 1979 to February 1989, The One-Eyed Man Was King, March 1989 to December 1997, and The Distant Enemy, January 1998 to September 10, 2001.

Ghost Wars takes a deep look into the Central Intelligence Agency’s actions when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Coll has gathered information from US officials, CIA officers, their Afghan allies, and foreign spymasters like Bill Casey and George Tenet. The author narrates how a section of Afghans revolted against the Soviet invasion, and that is when CIA started supplying these rebels with financial aid, and weapons. As America needed the Soviets to stay away from Central Asia because it was rich in oil, it funded training camps at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. One person who got trained in the process was Osama bin Laden. 

After the Soviets retreated, America abandoned Afghanistan. But, it had already armed the militants. It is of great surprise as to why the US did nothing to stop Pakistan from allowing Taliban to flourish on its own soil. Also, the fear that nuclear-armed Pakistan would pick a fight with nuclear-armed India was also persisting. Ghost Wars shows the drama within the American government regarding the security of the country. The author says that U.S. politicians and military leaders were aware for many years that Islamic extremism would have devastating consequences for the US. Years were spent in trying to track down bin Laden. The firsthand accounts captured in Ghost Wars explain that there was little that the American government was capable of doing to stop a terrorist act like 9/11. The book stops on the date 10 September 2001.

Coll has spent more than a decade to pen down this book. He understands the ignorance of his readers in such matters, so he patiently explains the history. His meticulous research and beautiful narrative won him the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2005.

About Steve Coll

Steve Coll, born in 1958, is an American journalist and author.

Coll has written The Deal of the Century: The Break Up of AT&T, The Taking of Getty Oil, and On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia. Eagle on the Street is based on his own Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s battle with Wall Street. The Bin Ladens won Coll the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for nonfiction. Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power was awarded the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

In 1980, he graduated with English and History majors from the Occidental College in Los Angeles. He began his career as a journalist at California Magazine. In later went on to work at The Post, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. He is presently the CEO and President of the an NGO named New America Foundation. The author has also been a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award in 2000  for his coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone.

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Authored By Steve Coll
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Press
Publication Year 2005
ISBN-13 9780141020808
ISBN-10 0141020806
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 720 Pages
Awards Pulitzer Prize Winner
Award Year 2005
Dimensions
Depth 31 inch
Weight 516 g
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Riveting and the finest !!!

Well deserved Pulitzer prize, the most riveting and no less than watching the covert operation movie, operated by the CIA through its clandestine plans.

This book presents the idea of jihadis and their terror plots on Islamic countries and Middle East, it is based on Radical Islamic perspective and their hatred to the communism and western countries. The fact is "the CIA financed its own killers ". Steve coll in this masterpiece book has done phenomenal research and penned it down like a thriller novel, you'll get addicted to the book.

Read it to understand the terrorism which h...
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Well deserved Pulitzer prize, the most riveting and no less than watching the covert operation movie, operated by the CIA through its clandestine plans.

This book presents the idea of jihadis and their terror plots on Islamic countries and Middle East, it is based on Radical Islamic perspective and their hatred to the communism and western countries. The fact is "the CIA financed its own killers ". Steve coll in this masterpiece book has done phenomenal research and penned it down like a thriller novel, you'll get addicted to the book.

Read it to understand the terrorism which h...
Well deserved Pulitzer prize, the most riveting and no less than watching the covert operation movie, operated by the CIA through its clandestine plans.

This book presents the idea of jihadis and their terror plots on Islamic countries and Middle East, it is based on Radical Islamic perspective and their hatred to the communism and western countries. The fact is "the CIA financed its own killers ". Steve coll in this masterpiece book has done phenomenal research and penned it down like a thriller novel, you'll get addicted to the book.

Read it to understand the terrorism which has made the 21st century unstable and i bet no other book comes in comparison to this.

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Phenomenol!!!

One of the best books i've come across.The best part being that though it seems like a crazy yet amazing plot based in middle east seeming impossible in real life involving the intelligence agencies of different counties trying to protect their interest there,IT IS ALL REAL.It suddenly makes you feel like an expert of war studies and changes your entire perception of the wars that marked the advent of the 21st century.

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nice read

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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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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

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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.....

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