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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: January 2012 ISBN: 9781452676227
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • An impressive feat of journalism by a Washington outsider who seemed to know more about what was going on in Washington than most insiders did. The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 2/2/2014

    " Michael Hastings is a total dick. I read this book because I was fascinated, as a public affairs specialist, that Gen. McChrystal would give such candid access to a Rolling Stone reporter. What Hastings ended up catching and reporting on was water cooler talk. Just a bunch of worn out dudes venting during their downtime. Hastings knew exactly the type of story he wanted to tell about the war. Unfortunately, our top brass handed it to him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Dukelow | 2/1/2014

    " This is a very good description of what happens to senior officers who forget they are beholden to the White House power structure. The unblinking view of the disaster in Afghanistan is a valuable lesson in what has gone wrong with our military. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Zone | 1/18/2014

    " By the Rolling Stones author who brought down General Stan McChrystal, the book provides a great insight into the day-to-day of our military operations in Afghanistan and the folks who run that war. An easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/16/2014

    " The first half or so of the book was fairly good. The end of the book was too much of a justification of the reporter's actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 12/13/2013

    " Eye-opening story written by a master journalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 12/7/2013

    " Man, that is one useless war. How depressing. I've never seen it laid out so clearly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/6/2013

    " Easyli read, at the times engaging, but definitely not dispatches or the cat from hue "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 10/1/2013

    " Unbelievable account of how NOT to do PR... what a monumental fuck-up from the fucktards managing this general. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Wilson | 5/3/2013

    " Guy seeks attention and fame over telling an actual story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Jolles | 10/12/2012

    " I was instantly hooked on this book. Hastings had me going from start to finish. The consistent switch between flashback and present day was refreshing and well-done. I also fell in love with Hastings' writing style - it was clean but full of good description and strong imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heath | 10/2/2012

    " A raucous and insightful look into the calamities of the War in Afghanistan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince Carter | 3/5/2012

    " Questions abound on why we're still engaged in the insanity of Afghanistan--a good report's insights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/21/2012

    " Anyone brain dead enough to support the war in Afghanistan should read this book and reconsider. An easy, if depressing, read with a style that calls to mind a more restrained James Ellroy. Really. "

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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. He covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Hastings was the author of the books I Lost My Love in Baghdad, Panic 2012, and The Operators.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.