Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invas Ion to September 10, 2001

Author(s): Steve Coll


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.


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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 The CIA itself would be hard put to beat his grasp of global events Deeply satisfying. --The New York Review of Books A well written, authoritative, high-altitude drama with few heroes, many villains, bags of cash, and a tragic ending one that may not have been inevitable. --The Washington Post"

Steve Coll is most recently the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Bin Ladens." He is the president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer for "The New Yorker." Previously heworked for twenty years at "The Washington Post, " where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller "Ghost Wars."

General Fields

  • : 9780143034667
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Penguin USA
  • : 206mm X 139mm X 39mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Steve Coll
  • : illustrations
  • : 736
  • : Paperback / softback