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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Coll Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Certainly the finest historical narrative so far on the origins of al Qaeda in the post-Soviet rubble of Afghanistan . . . Ghost Wars provides fresh details and helps explain the motivations behind many crucial decisions.

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In Ghost Wars, the Washington Post’s managing editor, Steve Coll, takes a long—and long overdue—look at the peaks and valleys of the CIA’s presence in Afghanistan throughout the decades leading to Sept. 10, 2001. It is a well-written, authoritative, high-altitude drama with a cast of few heroes, many villains, bags of cash, and a tragic ending—one that may not have been inevitable.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2005 Arthur Ross Book Award
  • Winner of the 2004 Cornelius Ryan Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Rivera | 2/19/2014

    " Seems dated now that so much more has happened, but the background to the birth of the Taliban and the role of Pakistan's ISI in assisting it is illuminating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nazar | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent book about how the US intervention into the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan inadvertently led to the rise of the Osama Bin Laden. Very readable for a political/historical book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Corey | 2/10/2014

    " An incredible history of the 25-30 years that led up to Osama bin Laden's 9/11 attacks. What is said is how close we came on several occasions to getting bin Laden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff Shear | 1/27/2014

    " Coll set me on fire. Let's get the adjectives aside first: astounding feat of research; brilliantly written; detailed; and, finally, authoritative. Ghost Wars holds the high beams on the second-tier players, the operatives and analysts as well as U.S. sources on the ground. The policy makers have their place in Ghost Wars, but it's the boots-and-dust bunch Coll focuses on. The book narrates the walk-up to 911, without being a tic-toc. This is great historical writing, so good that I've begun two other books (not his) about the rise of non-state actors, discovering a version of history that might have been. My perspective has been altered going forward. For instance, I just read Coll's review of "Zero Dark Thirty," in the 7 Feb 13 issue of the NY Review of Books. With Ghost Wars at my back the movie took new form: it became just another cowboy film. However, I love cowboy movies! "

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