The book is long, the story reads like a novel. Just the fact that this really happened is amazing. Though it's been several months since I listened, the insight remains lucid. The implications, both for the defeat of Reagan's "evil empire" and the founding of GW Bush's "axis of evil" is very thought provoking. Things are never as they seem. This is without doubt one of the very best Audible selections I've ever made. It is an absolute must read.
Not only a good story, but perhaps more important, it educates people on how Washington works, i.e. with a little moxie and chutzpah, you don't need to have permission to change policy and give away billions of taxpayer money without oversight. I listen to 3-4 books a week on average. While I like to mix nonfiction with the fiction that keeps me entertained, often nonfiction is written too pedantically to keep my attention. Not this book. Good to the last drop. One of those books you wish would keep on going.
I read this last summer before it came out on audio; loved it because it sucks you right in, like a good book should! I have gone on to read other books about that period.
This book is both informative and entertaining. It provides insights into the operations of Congress, the CIA and our relationship with Pakistan during the 1980's. Charlie and Gust come to life with the voice of the reader who does an outstanding job. There is a brief epilogue that attempts to tie the events of the book to the events of 9/11. I wish this section had been more fully developed. This is a must read for anyone interested in world events.
This book is a must read for every American. It could not have been written as fiction because nobody would believe it. The incredible truth is that it really happened. After reading this book it is easier to understand many of the problems America faces in the world today.
I enjoyed this book MUCH more than I expected. Simultaneously interesting, terrifying, fascinating, illuminating, even occasionally funny.
A fascinating cast of (I thought) reprehensible characters acting with noble intentions and frequently . . . good!
All the more amazing because it is not fiction!
Wow. It's scary that this is how the world actually works at those levels.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
A very interesting story. 'Truth is stranger than fiction'. That said, "Charlie Wilson's War" needed a good editing. Some detail did not seem relevent or was repetitive.
This is a part of recent history that is better told. It brings some light to current events and for me, a better understanding of US Government Departments.
If the writing was tighter, it could rate a 4 or 5 star listen. The story is good.
Charlie swore and made war ... If you need a change of pace from fiction, here's some very recent history that is somewhat stranger than fiction. The story flows well, and whatever your view on the events depicted, it makes for fascinating reading and listening. With hindsight, much of what was done was highly problematic, with obvious repercussions to the present day, but it's hard not to sympathise with Charlie Wilson's motives. Christopher Lane, the narrator, does an excellent job.
I started listening to this book, and then watched the movie part way through. I was really disappointed with the two-dimensional feel of the film versus the exposition of the various characters in the book.
It's rare to really get to know characters in a non-fiction book... it's often too much about what happens, not who makes it happen. You will not find that with "Charlie Wilson's War."
If you really want to know what happened in Afghanistan during the end of the Cold War and want to be seriously entertained and hooked into the characters of the true-to-life story, this one is for you.
Totally captivating. This was one that I couldn't put down...or turn off. Excellent story and fantastically read. Superb character development contributed greatly to the context of the story. Worth listening to again and again.