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The untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam.
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Títol:Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times
Autors:George Crile (Autor)
Informació:Grove Press (2007), Edition: Media tie-in, 560 pages
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Etiquetes:memoir, united states of america, politics

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Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times de George Crile (2003)

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This is an amazing story based on real people and events that were undertaken with the best of intentions, and unexpected results.

This New York Times best-seller is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War, the rise of militant Islam, and of a colorful congressman from Texas who conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the most successful covert operation in CIA history. ( )
  Gmomaj | May 29, 2021 |
Why read fiction when you can read books like this one? You just can't make this stuff up.

But taking a few steps back. The British and the Americans have had interests in Middle East since the 1800s, often finding themselves in the middle of local/tribal conflicts. Someone took it upon themselves to draw some lines on a map to create countries. When oil was found, the interests ramped up. However, when locals wanted a fair share of the spoils, they found themselves with puppet and often corrupt and cruel governments. And the story continues to evolve. Take for example, Iran. Talks of nationalising by Mosaddegh the oil in the 1950s was met with the imposition of the Shah. With the Soviets on the outer, and the Cold War in full swing, they sought to exploit whatever they could. After the Shah was sent packing by a Khomeini, and eventually ended up in USA, the American influence in Iran all but disappeared, helped along by some students taking the American embassy hostage.
In the meantime, the Soviets moved into neighbouring Afghanistan. The Cold War had a new theatre of operations; but most of the world did not know. Covert CIA-led operations, using Pakistan as a proxy, provided every increasing support to a guerrilla war against the Soviets. This book tells that story. It's an unbelievable story of the dirty world of global politics.
When the Soviets finally moved out, they found the USSR falling to pieces as well, and for the most part the Cold War was over. The Afghans devolved into new, or rather old conflicts. This is where the book finishes.
However, we know that the story continued, and even though the US and their allies have now (in 2021) decided to withdraw after a further 20 years on the ground in Afghanistan I doubt anyone thinks that this is the end of the story.
P.S. I have not seen the film. I do not think I want to - there is no way to capture this incredible story in a short film. ( )
  robeik | Apr 23, 2021 |
the movie was a fun romp, the book is darker and more ambivalent. philip seymour hoffman was great, but in the book gust avrakotos is more clearly a horrendous asshole. charlie wilson is still charming, but the backdoor porkbarrel deals and an egregious hit-and-run make him less sympathetic.

remember when the mujahideen were freedom fighters? remember rambo 3? several times the book talks about muj fighters raping, mutilating, and executing captured russian soldiers, to the extent that the idea of russians troops surrendering or defecting to mujahideen was considered ludicrous.

and of course over it all hangs the shadow of 9/11. I've often thought star trek needs to get past the prime directive, or have iain m. banks's culture series supplant it. explicit interventionism, horse trading, trolley problems, unintended consequences, imagine charlie wilson's war IN SPACE. ( )
  nicdevera | Oct 1, 2020 |
Finally saw the movie. I saw Wilson speak here in Alexandria a few years ago. Wonderful guy.
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
If you've ever seen (or never seen) 'Charlie Wilson's War', a good little 2007 movie starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman (who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as an angry and embittered CIA operative), this is the book behind the Mike Nichols movie. And a fact-filled, completely comprehensive tome it is.

Penned by 60 Minutes journalist George Crile, this is the behind-the-scenes story of the CIA's involvement in, and support of, the successful 1980s Afghan rebellion against the Soviet invasion.
Charlie Wilson was a devil-may-care playboy member of the US Congress, and thanks to a strong suggestion from Texas socialite Joanne Herring, Wilson decided to make the Afghan rebellion his cause célèbre. The book describes in great detail the machinations of Wilson's covert actions to shame the CIA into increasing their financial support for the Afghan rebels from a few million dollars a year to a BILLION dollars a year ($500 million from the US budget plus a matching amount from the Saudi government).

If you want to read this book (and I recommend that you do), be prepared to spend weeks with it. At 530 pages, it is packed full of fascinating, previously Top Secret facts about how covert operations are managed, the internal and external political machinations necessary for success, and the details of how US Representative Charles Wilson became the only civilian recognized internally as a hero at the CIA.

Author Crile spent years researching this work, and it shows. His interviews included presidents and princes, senators and spooks. The detail is not impressive, it is amazing. If the secret world of James Bond appeals to you as a reader, indulge your interest by reading a cracker of a true story, the greatest (and perhaps only) successful CIA covert operation of the Cold War.
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  MHStevens | Aug 19, 2018 |
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