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Directorate S: The C.I.A. And America's Secret Wars In Afghanistan And Pakistan, 2001¿2016 [Paperback-2018]
Steve Coll

Releasing 01-Feb-2018 - Available on release

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Category:Politics- Current/International Affairs - Current/Internat Affairs
Publisher: Allen Lane Uk | ISBN: 9780241337356 | Pages: 720

From the Pulitzer Prize winning of the acclaimed Ghost Wars, this is the full story of America s grim involvement in the affairs of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2016 The CIA itself would be hard put to beat his grasp of global events New York Review of Books In the wake of the terrible shock of 9/11, the C.I.A. scrambled to work out how to destroy Bin Laden and his associates. The C.I.A. had long familiarity with Afghanistan and had worked closely with the Taliban to defeat the Soviet Union there. A tangle of assumptions, old contacts, favours and animosities were now reactivated. Superficially the invasion was quick and efficient, but Bin Laden s successful escape, together with that of much of the Taliban leadership, and a catastrophic failure to define the limits of NATO s mission in a tough, impoverished country the size of Texas, created a quagmire which lasted many years. At the heart of the problem lay Directorate S , a highly secretive arm of the Pakistan state which had its own views on the Taliban and Afghanistan s place in a wider competition for influence between Pakistan, India and China, and which assumed that the U.S.A. and its allies would soon be leaving. Steve Coll s remarkable new book tells a powerful, bitter story of just how badly foreign policy decisions can go wrong and of many lives lost.

About the Author

Steve Coll is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars and the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and from 2007 to 2013 was president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and previously worked for twenty years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of seven other books, including On the Grand Trunk Road, The Bin Ladens, Private Empire, and Directorate S.

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