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Ghost Wars

by Steve Coll

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PUBLISHED: 3rd March 2005
ISBN: 9780141020808
ANNOTATION:
The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution.
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  • Paperback
    $25.40
PUBLISHED: 3rd March 2005
ISBN: 9780141020808
ANNOTATION:
The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution.

Annotation

The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution.

Publisher Description

The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution. Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified government files and interviewed senior US officials and foreign spymasters. Here he gives the full inside story of the CIA's covert funding of an Islamic jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, explores how this sowed the seeds of bn Laden's rise, traces how he built his global network and brings to life the dramatic battles within the US government over national security. Above all, he lays bare American intelligence's continual failure to grasp the rising threat of terrrorism in the years leading to 9/11 - and its devastating consequences.

Author Biography

Steve Coll, winner of a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, has been managing editor of the Washington Post since 1998 and covered Afghanistan as the Post's South Asia bureau chief between 1989 and 1992. Coll is the author of four books, including On the Grand Trunk Road and The Taking of Getty Oil.

Review

"Certainly the finest historical narrative so far on the origins of al Qaeda in the post-Soviet rubble of Afghanistan . . . "Ghost Wars" provides fresh details and helps explain the motivations behind many crucial decisions." -"The New York Times Book Review"

Prizes

Winner of Pulitzer Prize General Non-Fiction Category 2005

Product Details

Author
Steve Coll
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2005
ISBN-10
0141020806
ISBN-13
9780141020808
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
maps
Media
Book
Edition
1st
Short Title
GHOST WARS
Language
English
Residence
MD, US
Pages
736
Publication Date
2005-03-03
Audience
General/Trade