In June 2010, Michael Hastings published an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world: In “The Runaway General”, he reported on a week he spent in Europe with General Stanley McChrystal, the revered soldier in charge of the war in Afghanistan.
McChrystal and his staff's unguarded remarks about the White House, our allies, and the conduct of the war led President Obama to order McChrystal to the Oval Office, where he was fired unceremoniously. While Hastings' reporting won him a prestigious Polk award and led to two Pentagon investigations, there is much more to his story than the indiscretions of Stanley McChrystal.
In The Operators, Hastings, formerly the Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek, takes the listener behind the diplomatic façades to paint a picture of nation-building gone awry. Hastings also takes us on patrol missions in Afghanistan, where he is embedded with American troops, and witnesses firsthand the madness, horror, and existential contradictions of Afghanistan.
The Operators combines the acute reportage of a Sebastian Junger with the mad energy of a Michael Herr - it is the painful, powerful tale of a war that can never and will never be won.
©2012 Michael Hastings (P)2012 Tantor
"An impressive feat of journalism by a Washington outsider who seemed to know more about what was going on in Washington than most insiders did." (Frank Rich, The New York Times)
An excellent account of Mr. Hastings' experiences with General McCrystal and the War in Afghanistan. Mr. Hastings was a fine reporter and this is far better than his posthumous novel which was, after all, unfinished. He died way too young.
Hastings and McChrystal both. Their fateful time together reveals a lot about both men and gives us a look into the inner circle of military power.
Both men are intriguing for totally different reasons, but its performed very well.
It’s a very polarizing book and it has and will continue to anger folks and have others scratching their heads in disbelief . It's a crazy rock n' roll ride that shows some of the madness of our modern warfare . A great piece of literature .
A better author
Hell no. He will never be confused with Max Hastings. He should be writing articles for Vanity Fair.
Get an author to write a military related book who isn't an anti-war liberal trying to create a career.
For me, none what so ever.
It is basically a rambling group of what I hesitate to call
It droned on and was too matter-of-fact with no passion. Actually, forget about passion, it had no feeling at all.
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We never should have invaded Iraq. This story...proves we never EVER should have invaded Afghanistan either. What a mess...what...a...mess. Those poor families who lost loved ones to this stupid conflict that had nothing to do with what happened on 9/11. Sad...really sad.
It was clear to me 15 mins into this book, the author hates the military.It's Rumsfelds' fault, it's Bushs' fault, it's John McCains' fault. The authors description of General McCystals' uniform and awards and comindations.
Performance was fine, material was bad.
Yea, never to buy another Micheal Hastings book again.
It was a waste or time and money.
Since Obama has been in the White House. There has been a blatant level of disdain and cavalier attitude of defiance. This book documents one of the most powerful military leaders and his above attitude.
I did not read the print version, however the audio was well worth the listen
I liked the portrayal of General Mc Chrystal. It is unfortunate that no matter how hard Hastings tries to gloss over his despicable betrayal of Mc Chrystal and his staff, he still comes off as a deceptive worm and makes it impossible for embedded reporters in the future to get honest answers. I'm sure Hastings is proud he got one of America's greatest generals and heroes fired. Obviously no deception is below his moral.
The narrative was excellent and well spoken.
"How to worm your way into someone's trust and then betray him"
Although the story was extremely informative, I do not believe the author's betrayal of McChrystal can be justified. Obviously Hastings is attempting to be another Woodward and Bernstein, and comes off more as a Keith Olbermann
I have already recommended this book to several friends. It is a view of American involvement in the middle east that we rarely see. According to the author's research and personal experiences with the bigwigs and the grunts, we are not only not winning hearts and minds, but we are actively furthering hostilities with our
The subject matter of this book is the most compelling. The writing occasionally seems like
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