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Ghost wars : the secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet invasion to September 10, 2001

Author: Steve Coll
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2005.
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"Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll tells the secret history of the CIA's role in Afghanistan, including its covert program against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989, and examines 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. Based on extensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Osama Bin Laden; Osama Bin Laden
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Coll
ISBN: 0143034669 9780143034667 0141020806 9780141020808
OCLC Number: 57351514
Notes: "Updated with new documents from the 9/11 Commission"--Cover.
Awards: Winner of Pulitzer Prize General Non-Fiction Category 2005.
Description: xvii, 712 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Blood brothers --
The one-eyed man was king --
The distant enemy. Accounts receivable September 1996 --
Blood brothers: November 1979 to February 1989: We're going to die here; Lenin taught us; Go raise hell; I loved Osama; Don't make it our war; Who is this Massoud?; Terrorists will own the world; Inshallah, you will know my plans; We won --
One-eyed man was king: March 1989 to December 1997: Serious risks; Rogue elephant; We are in danger; Friend of your enemy; Maintain a prudent distance; New generation; Slowly, slowly sucked into it; Dangling the carrot; We couldn't indict him; We're keeping these Stingers; Does America need the CIA? --
The distant enemy: January 1998 to September 10, 2001: You are to capture him alive; Kingdom's interests; We are at war; Let's just blow the thing up; Manson family; That unit disappeared; You crazy white guys; Is there any policy?; Daring me to kill them; What face will Omar show to God?; Many Americans are going to die; What an unlucky country.
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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.  Read more...

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