Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning
b>Ghost Wars, i> b> bestselling author 'steve Coll tells
for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's
intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and
the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/ 11 b>
After 9/ 11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the U. 's.,
deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush
out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U.'s. was set on an invisible
slow-motion collision course with Pakistan.
But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war
in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United 'states
to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.'s.I.'s Directorate
's. This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions,
which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama
administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a
litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players,
including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A
sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also
a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence.
With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in 'south Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate 's i> is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.
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