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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Hastings Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In June 2010 Michael Hastings published an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world: in “The Runaway General,” he reported on a week he spent in Europe with General Stanley McChrystal, the revered soldier in charge of the war in Afghanistan.

McChrystal and his staff’s unguarded remarks about the White House, our allies and the conduct of the war led President Obama to order McChrystal to the Oval Office, where he was fired unceremoniously. While Hastings’ reporting won him a prestigious Polk award and led to two Pentagon investigations, there is much more to his story than the indiscretions of Stanley McChrystal.

In The Operators, Hastings, formerly the Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek, takes the listener behind the diplomatic façades to paint a picture of nation-building gone awry. Hastings also takes us on patrol missions in Afghanistan, where he is embedded with American troops, and witnesses firsthand the madness, horror, and existential contradictions of Afghanistan. The Operators combines the acute reportage of a Sebastian Junger with the mad energy of a Michael Herr—it is the painful, powerful tale of a war that can never and will never be won.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beatrix | 2/19/2014

    " Can't put it down. Eye opener!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eddy Allen | 2/10/2014

    " In June 2010, Michael Hastings's extraordinary, uncensored "Rolling Stone "article, "The Runaway General," shocked the world and set off a series of events that culminated in the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal. Now, THE OPERATORS will lead us even deeper into the war, its politics, and its major players at a time when such insight is demanded and desperately needed. Based on exclusive reporting in Afghanistan, Europe, the Middle East, and Washington, DC, this landmark work of journalism will elucidate as never before the United States' involvement in Afghanistan in vivid, unforgettable detail. Part wild travelogue, part expos, and part sobering analysis, THE OPERATORS promises an unprecedented behind-the-scenes account of the war from the only journalist uniquely poised to tell it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rob Weedon | 2/9/2014

    " I need to remind myself that if a book has its origins in a magazine article then I should just read the article. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jesse | 2/8/2014

    " I began this book not as a supporter exactly, but at least as a begrudging adherent to the "we broke it, we bought it" idea of the war in Afghanistan. As I read I found myself continually thinking of that old clip of John Kerry asking, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" Now that I'm finished it's clear that that is exactly what this war has become, a mistake. It's amazing to learn that time after time our leaders placed politics before life, both American and Afghan. This is an exceedingly depressing book if you allow yourself to think too deeply about it but it's also one that has not been told often enough. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings (1980–2013) was a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and a correspondent at large for BuzzFeed. Before that he worked for Newsweek, where he rose to prominence covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the recipient of the 2010 George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone magazine story “The Runaway General.” Hastings was the author of three previous books, I Lost My Love in Baghdad, Panic 2012, and The Operators. He was posthumously honored with the Norman Mailer Award for Emerging Journalist.