Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War

Book - 2003
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Charlie Wilson's War was a publishing sensation and a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. In the early 1980s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan "freedom fighters" who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders. Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies. Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agency's rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers' conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand-new foe in the form of radical Islam.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780802141248
0802141242
Characteristics: x, 550 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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StarGladiator
Apr 07, 2015

This book is such a complete crock [hate the book, and hated the movie even more, but Tom Hanks has a real talent for making fictional movies and claiming they are fact! ! !] - - reframing everything from the word go. What the reader should research instead is how did the extremist Islamic sects end up both on the northern Afghanistani border [originally populated by moderate Sufi Islamic pratictioners] with the Soviet Union, and then foment that trouble which destabilized a once-secular government. [Can anyone . . . anyone, tell us what real news we ever learned from career CBS guy and author of this book, George Crile??????]

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