The Saudi air force had secretly provided air cover over Karachi during Pakistan’s 1971 war with India.4” Coll is the thinking man's Michael Wolff. The scope of this book is simply impressive. A Saudi government audit of the National Commercial Bank, the kingdom’s largest, showed that at least $3 million had flowed from its accounts to bin Laden. Did it provide the answers? PI was massively disappointed by the book, owing to the fact that it doesn't provide any new information about the agency it is named after. Perhaps the book should've been called a story of CIA during the second Afghan War. They don’t have the technology to do something like this.” “General, frankly, I disagree. City CLOSED until further notice. Now, you can ask a person to repeat himself once.

They were good people initially, but the tragedy was that very soon after they were taken over by the I.S.I.” His major books include Private Empire, The Bin Ladens and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars. I heard great things about Steve Coll and his last book, "Ghost Wars" that won him Pulitzer award. “One view at the highest levels of the U.S. embassy in Kabul by summer’s end was that Karzai “was a very clever madman—just because he was insane doesn’t mean he was stupid.” The author seeks to explain why America got into this quagmire and why it has lasted from the aftermath of the Al Qaeda attack on 9/11 to the present. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.

Steve Coll is President & CEO of New America Foundation, and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. Directorate S by Steve Coll, 9781846146602, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history.

On March 1 the movement announced its intention to destroy all the statues in Afghanistan that depicted human form.” We’d love your help. We can notify you when this item is back in stockAbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window). This book is for serious students of the American engagement in the Afghanistan terrorism war This is the follow up to Coll’s book 'Ghost Wars', which told the story of covert US support for the Afghan Mujaheddin in their long war against the Soviet occupiers, 1979-90.

The top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees.

This is a review of the audiobook. There are far better books on ISI available in the market (the one by Owen L Sirrs is superior to the one by Hein G Kessling).

Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Reviews from “Roosevelt’s agents on the Arabian peninsula, some of them oil prospectors, had begun to glimpse the vast wealth sloshing beneath the sands. For nine years and counting, Rick Riordan has swept the Goodreads Choice Awards Middle Grade category with his tales of high adventure inspired by the various realms of Greco-Roman mythology. In the pages of Directorate S, the sequel to Coll’s Pulitzer prize-winning Ghost Wars, the story is delivered with a literary prowess that has been absent in previous western accounts of America’s longest running war. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda’s rise amidst Afghanistan’s civil war which culminated with the attack on September 11th. Hardback 5/5! Hank Crumpton at the Counterterrorist Center estimated that the campaign killed “at least ten thousand” foreign and Taliban fighters, “perhaps double or triple that number.” By the conservative estimate of Boston University political scientist Neta Crawford, between 1,500 and 2,375 Afghan civilians also died.” Though it was redeemed by including so many tragic anecdotes of American losses, disappointing agreement attempt results, and huge follies, it was difficult to stay focused. He is a staff writer on The New Yorker.

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