In the early 1980s, after a Houston socialite turned Wilson's attention to the ragged Afghan freedom fighters who continued to fight the Soviet invaders despite overwhelming odds, the congressman became passionate about their cause and procured hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen.
Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book is a detailed and brilliantly reported account of the inside workings of the CIA.
©2003 George Crile; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Crile, a 60 Minutes producer, offers an absorbing, thoroughly detailed look at the largest and most successful CIA operation in U.S. history: the arming of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan." (Booklist)
"An engaging, well-written, newsworthy study of practical politics and its sometimes unlikely players." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Narrator Christopher Lane affects an even tone and pace, allowing the events of the story to carry the listener to the extraordinary highs and sickening lows of the flawed but heroic Wilson. Thankfully, Lane takes it easy on the accents and shines brightest when allowing a tinge of cynicism in his delivery." (AudioFile)
“Put the Tom Clancy clones back on the shelf; this covert-ops chronicle is practically impossible to put down.” (Publishers Weekly)
This book was about events in our not very distant past that was very informative and at the same time, entertaining. I have recommended this book to everyone I know.
Amazing to hear about the inside workings of the CIA and Congress with real names of real people involved in real events. I couldn't wait to hear each chapter of this book. It's also enlightening to learn about the culture of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Highly recommended.
Sometimes, in the middle of a book, you curse the fact that there is not an abridged version. This is not one of those times. In fact I only have one complaint about this audio book,I want to see the pictures that are included in the print version of the book.
This is an amazing listen that is also well written and well read. Gust, Charlie, and the rest of the cast are well characterized and their roles are all well deined. George Crile does an amazing job of giving you the background for each of these characters and the context in which this amazing series of events occurred.
A fantastic behind the scenes view of a few key players helping to bring about the end of the Cold War. Best book I've listened to yet.
Can't say enough good about this book! Was basically hanging on every word. Charlie Wilson and Gust Avrakotos are truly amazing men. This book tells the little-known story of how the U.S. basically saved the world by supporting the Afhgan freedom fighters against the Soviets. A must read...should be a top seller on Audible within a few weeks. Tom Hanks has already bought the rights to the movie based on this book! I can't wait!
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.
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