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

This was an engrossing read from start to finish. Coll's well-researched book begins with the riot at the US embassy in Islamabad and ends just days prior to the 9/11 attacks. Perusing reviews before reading this one, I knew I'd want to throw this book across the room when I discovered just how inept the American government and its security agencies turned out to be over the years, none more so than the Clinton administration. It's fascinating to get the whole picture of what began in Afghanistan before and after the Soviet invasion and which led to the twin towers crashing down.

Ghost Wars is a must read for anyone interested in international politics and the rise of terrorism!

Here's the blurb:

The news-breaking book that has sent shockwaves through the Bush White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeda's evolution. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

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 Bin 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 terrorism in the years leading to 9/11 - and its devastating consequences.

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