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Ghost Wars Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2005

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.

©2011 Steve Coll (P)2011 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Ghost Wars is a complex study of intelligence operations and an invaluable resource for those seeking a nuanced understanding of how a small band of extremists rose to inflict incalculable damage on American soil." (Amazon.com review)

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    Sean 02-08-17
    Sean 02-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book, choppy audio"

    There's clear points in this audiobook where the narrator's voice is cut off. The audio editing could have been better in that regard.

    But the content of this book is fantastic, a must read! (Or listen)

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    Dennis 10-28-16
    Dennis 10-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "good but."

    This is an interesting and informative story except for the bad copy I got. Bum deal! and nothing tech support recommended worked.

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    MamaBear 10-10-16
    MamaBear 10-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome narration."

    Yes. The book is great, but the narrator was awesome. His slight impersonations of the characters was great.

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    Rex Dillon 09-10-16
    Rex Dillon 09-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "The Most Important Book of the Early 21st Century"

    Steve Coll's telling of the events antecedent to the events of 11 September 2001 is gripping. This is THE authoritative history of the dawning of the 21st century, whose reverberations are still playing out today. I read it back when it came out, but this updated version has some original sources now willing to go on the record. Excellent story, writing and performance. Make this your next read.

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    Thomas A. 08-31-16
    Thomas A. 08-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, poor recording. "

    This book is an excellent, thorough, and unbiased assessment of American involvement in the middle east from the 1970s to September 10, 2001. The only flaws were present in the recording, where there were often words or sentences partially cut out of the recording.

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    Jeremy Williams Asbury Park, NJ 08-25-16
    Jeremy Williams Asbury Park, NJ 08-25-16

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    "Good read with lots of facts"

    Thought it was a good book with lots of info. Thought the performance could have been a bit better

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    Tony B 07-15-16
    Tony B 07-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing and Enlighting"

    Absolutely required reading.

    Narrated perfectly.

    Don't think about it another second, just listen.

    *This includes the updates from the 9/11 Commission released after the original book was published.

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    Damian 06-26-16
    Damian 06-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very thorough, but a little bit dry"

    I had hoped for a more lively – perhaps cloak dagger - perspective that's was lacking. No complaint about the scholarship, but this is a sterile retelling of international events that, in my mind, leaves out the human element and, as such, an anticipated exploration into the personalities that would have made this history more arresting.

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    Adam 04-07-16
    Adam 04-07-16
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    "Excellent read, Audio issues."

    Great book, very informative, but at the end of just about every other paragraph, the last word of the sentence would be cut off.

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    LaMarr 04-04-16
    LaMarr 04-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very informative"

    Shocking to see how much was not done with ample opportunities to take action. Amazing to see the thread of events take place over such long periods of time and through drastically different historical events

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