Ghost Wars

Ghost Wars

The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Format
ePub
Price
$16.99
 
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101221433
  • 738 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize

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.

Awards

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction – Winner
Lionel Gelber Award – Winner
New York Times Notable Book – Winner

Praise

“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

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Principal Characters

Prologue: Accounts Receivable – September 1996

Part One: Blood Brothers – November 1979 to February 1989


1. “We’re Going to Die Here

2. “Lenin Taught Us”

3. “Go Raise Hell”

4. “I Loved Osama”

5. “Don’t Make It Our War”

6. “Who Is This Massoud?”

7. “The Terrorists Will Own the World”

8. “Inshallah, You Will Know My Plans”

9. “We Won”

Part Two: The One-Eyed Man Was King – March 1989 to December 1997

10. “Serious Risks”

11. “A Rogue Elephant”

12. “We Are in Danger”

13. “A Friend of Your Enemy”

14. “Maintain a Prudent Distance”

15. “A New Generation”

16. “Slowly, Slowly Sucked into It”

17. “Dangling the Carrot”

18. “We Couldn’t Indict Him”

19. “We’re Keeping These Stingers”

20. “Does America Need the CIA?”

Part Three: The Distant Enemy – January 1998 to September 10, 2001

21. “You Are to Capture Him Alive”

22. “The Kingdom’s Interests”

23. “We Are at War”

24. “Let’s Just Blow the Thing Up”

25. “The Manson Family”

26. “That Unit Disappeared”

27. “You Crazy White Guys”

28. “Is There Any Policy?”

29. “Daring Me to Kill Them”

30. “What Face Will Omar Show to God?”

31. “Many Americans Are Going to Die”

32. “What an Unlucky Country”

Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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