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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Crile Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

In the early 1980s, after a Houston socialite turned Wilson's attention to the ragged Afghan freedom fighters who continued to fight the Soviet invaders despite overwhelming odds, the congressman became passionate about their cause and procured hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen.

Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book is a detailed and brilliantly reported account of the inside workings of the CIA.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zack | 2/18/2014

    " This was a great book. One has to consider the perspective from which the story is told, however it fills in quite a space for this era. I remember alot of this stuff going on in the news at the time, and looking at this story through today's historical filter adds to its significance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kemper | 2/16/2014

    " This definately falls in the category of truth being stranger than fiction because this story is so unlikely that no one would believe it if it hadn't happened. Not only is there much more detail and depth than the movie even hinted at, it's also a great inside look at how the American government and intelligence community actually work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole Marble | 2/5/2014

    " Facts, lots of facts. An amazing look at our government, the CIA and Afghanistan in the 1980's - and the connection to our military action there today. It reads like a Clancy book - but this is the real stuff. If you are in a big hurry, just read the afterward. Supurb! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luke Terry | 1/22/2014

    " Becoming bed fellows with the Jihad to take out the Russians during the height of the cold war did the job... but also laid the ground work for our current middle east conflicts at least in part. "

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About the Author

George Crile (1945–2006) was an award-winning documentary filmmaker and veteran producer for 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II. Charlie Wilson’s War began as a 60 Minutes profile in 1988.