very interesting story. reads like something from Clancy, only better. almost hard to believe that this sort of thing really happens in modern time. highly recommended.
This audiobook kept me interested throughout. I am a bit of a history/pol buff, but the excitement of Wilson's follies is what kept me listening. I would recommend this book to anyone, of mature age.
Having never heard of this book prior to looking through Audible selections I relied on other reviewers and they are right! This is an excellent book - a well crafted story which, if it wasn't fact, would be thought to be pure fiction. Very interesting and timly given the current war in Iraq. Highly recommend!!
Although I'm rather new to audible.com, this is the most interesting book I've listened to yet. The story is like a spy novel, except it's historical rather than fiction. It may be hard to believe, but you'll find yourself rooting for a US Congressman who abuses his office, wastes taxpayer money on personal trips, drinks too much and gets out of trouble we would be thrown in jail for. Maybe that's the allure - it gives us an idea of what we could accomplish if we didn't pay quite so much attention to the rules.
This is the first book I've read about Afghanistan, and it definitely whets the appetite to know more. Part of the reason it makes me want to read more is that the story is obviously complex (though very easy to follow), and no complex subject can be adequately handled in one book from one perspective. Besides the global political implications, this book is great because Crile does a good job of character development, and this book has a wide range of "characters." Recommended.
This is a great book. I often found myself wondering how the author could possibly know so much about this war and most of all the vast number of characters in it. The story delves deep into the humanity of the war?. So much so that it sheds incredible light for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the of the Afghani people, and the struggle against the soviets.
Something else that had me enthralled with this book has to do with the fact tat this war was a factor in the fall of the Soviet Union, an event in history that truly has changed the world.
Yet? the most amazing thing about this war is Charlie Wilson, a true champion for his cause, the greatest of all anti heroes?.
Not only was this book entertaining and compelling, it was very educational. It was fascinating to see behind the scenes in the US government and the CIA. This is one of the best books I have ever read or listened too.
A lot of information that was entirely new to me and worthwhile, but it's a shame this book is not offered in an abridged format. Way too much repition. The editors were asleep at the switch.
I found this a fascinating and discussing book!!! It provides a great preface to how we can shortsightedly focus on one thing and result in creating a bigger mess in the world, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and feel it should be must listening for everyone. I do not agree with what happened, this is a real life Dr Stangelove....