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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden Paperback – 3 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141020806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141020808
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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"

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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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