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Ghost Wars
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden | Steve Coll
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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. 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.
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Leftcoastzen
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#LittensUnderstand So , made a first run at cleaning this bookcase . Not really one in good order, figured I‘d cull a few I didn‘t want to keep . 72 inches high , 24 inches wide , 6 shelves. Cull total :3 !🙄😂

Graywacke Fantastic! 2mo
Brooke_H I was literally confused for a second. “How did a pic of my shelf get on here?” 😂 2mo
TheSpineView I got it!📚📚📚📚 2mo
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Leftcoastzen @Brooke_H that‘s funny ! Guess we all have double parked crazy shelves ! 2mo
britt_brooke 😆 2mo
LeahBergen I usually find it hard to part with books for a while and then I snap and do a completely vicious cull of hundreds. 🤣🤣 2mo
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Watched episode 5 of season 1 of this series this morning while making bookmarks. #Scarathlon2022 TvSeries @StayCurious #TeamMonsterMash

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jpj7474

Outstanding. In my opinion, best book I've read on Afghanistan & our involvement pre & post 9-11. Written in 2004, so I know much has changed, but it was comprehensive in its time.

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Gravitysrainbow
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Probably the definitive account of covert operations in Afghanistan from the 70‘s up until 9/11. If that‘s interesting to you, this is your book.

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#Afghanistan #augustisatrip This Book won the Pulitzer for General Nonfiction in 2005.Still on the TBR.I want to know what happened,I know I will be angry about what the CIA got wrong ,angry and sad for the innocent who are victims of the warfare and the gamesmanship.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻👍🏻 4y
Nebklvr This was a very well written and interesting book. And yes, it will piss you off. 4y
vkois88 👍👍👍 4y
Leftcoastzen @Nebklvr I‘m sure it will. 4y
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Kashyap.m94
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Just one Word: Mind-blowing

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Russia, the United States, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia have been playing a deadly game of “Who rides the tiger” in Afghanistan for many years. While the United States has waffled in involvement, the Taliban and Bin Laden were highly focused and goal oriented. I am pessimistic about the outcome of any wars on terror.

Nebklvr When one side is always playing a CYA game of politics and has no clear objective and the other side is fueled by specific religious fanatical doctrine.... 5y
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And here we are....

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Libby1 💔 5y
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Nebklvr
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The FBI and CIA are supposed to be on our side, right?

Izai.Amorim Theoretically yes 🤐 5y
BestDogDad Wow. 😯 5y
Nebklvr @Izai.Amorim 😡🍪🍰🎂🍮 5y
Nebklvr @JeffKoeppen 😡I know, right?! 5y
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Short-term solutions lead to long-term problems...sadly, the information was available at the time, they just chose to ignore it because it didn‘t fit the political majority‘s views at the time.....

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IWriteInTheNight
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Panned after a few chapter in as the writer tried so hard to take the blame off of the CIA and made it seem as if no one saw Osama bin Laden as a threat. This book was in a recommended list for those wishing to study for the Foreign Service. More of a CIA apologist's review really. To it's credit it did inform me about the depth into which the entire Afghanistan saga was played out and it's players. War related nonfiction isn't for me, I think.

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#maybookflowers #war A fascinating look at the choices which lead to 9/11 and decades of war in Afghanistan.

MyNamesParadise I have this book so that's good to know!! 6y
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