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Raymond

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  • Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
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    (138)
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    (138)

    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.

    Ben in Baltimore says: "Interesting, in-depth book"
    "Required Reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ghost Wars the most enjoyable?

    Like many others, I want to understand how the United States got into the current mess in Afghanistan. This is the first book I've read that provides, in a truly in depth and objective manner. the always ignored back story. Anyone who cares to voice an opinion on future policy decisions in the Middle East should be familiar with this book. The author's objective presentation makes the story just that much harder to hear.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author's cold blooded description of the myriad ways in which the United States was manipulated by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have,and enjoy his narration. For some reason however, in the first half of this book, sentences were often clipped off at the end, giving the reading a sort of chopped off sound. This problem seemed to disappear in the second half of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I actually spent more than 6 months listening to this book, mostly in the car, and I'm glad I took the time to go through it slowly. The tragedy builds slowly, piece by piece, until the eve of 9/11.


    Any additional comments?

    No book since a "Bright, Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan has made a greater impression on me in terms of historical understanding.

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