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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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Awesome narration.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A good historical account...

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Packed with a lot of substance, I kept trying to take notes on those things that were new to me. I certainly learned a lot about these decades. This book contravenes some well rooted myths about the CIA, Taliban and other actors. The CIA did a heroic job in Astan. The only drawback for me was organization and some redundancy in the material, although I didn't mind too much.