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  • Ghost Wars

  • The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
  • 著者: Steve Coll
  • ナレーター: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 再生時間: 26 時間 46 分
  • 完全版 オーディオブック
  • カテゴリー: 政治学・社会科学, 政治・政府
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"Certainly the finest historical narrative so far on the origins of al Qaeda in the post-Soviet rubble of Afghanistan.... Ghost Wars provides fresh details and helps explain the motivations behind many crucial decisions." (The New York Times Book Review)

"The CIA itself would be hard put to beat his grasp of global events.... Deeply satisfying." (The New York Review of Books)

“A well written, authoritative, high-altitude drama with few heroes, many villains, bags of cash, and a tragic ending—one that may not have been inevitable." (The Washington Post)

あらすじ・解説

Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 2005

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan.

With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

©2011 Steve Coll (P)2011 Penguin

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • DS
  • 2013/03/06

A PAINFUL RELIVING OF THE RUN-UP TO 9/11

Mistakes were made, by Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43. Bush 41's policies put the Taliban in charge of Afghanistan, Clinton kept them there and Bush 43 was distracted by a VP and a Condi who were uninformed and uninterested. We armed the "resistance" fighters and abandoned them when the "resistance" got rid of the Russians. We relied on biased, self-serving "intelligence" from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, both countries supported the Taliban. We gave millions to Pakistan, much of which was diverted to personal accounts, and succeeded in tipping the balance toward the military intelligence side and away from the civil executive/legislative side, destabilizing a nuclear power.

Were there good outcomes? Well, the Russian economy imploded, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Republic disintegrated. Would the Wall have fallen anyway? Maybe. We'll never know.

Good news? The Cold War was over. Bad news? We entered the era of terrorism. We don't know how this era will end but, thanks to this book, we know how it began.

Painful, depressing great read.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Joe
  • 2013/11/08

An Exceptional Accomplishment

Ghost Wars may prove to be the best book I read in 2013. It tells the story of the CIA's involvement in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the terror attacks in 2001. But that's not all it is. You will meet the directors of the CIA and see how their personalities influence the agency. You will learn about the Washington political climate under different presidencies and see how they cripple any potential to cure Afghanistan of its extremism. You will watch how the outcast younger son of a prominent family, named Osama bin Laden, sets up an empire in the ruined countryside.

The writing avoids analysis until the end, letting you examine events as they unfold with amazing clarity and detail. The narration is crisp and exciting without being overly-dramatized. When the wrap up finally comes it is stunning and insightful. This is an amazing book, filled with knowledge, rich storytelling, and thoughtfulness. You deserve to read it.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • rsberry
  • 2012/08/25

Required Reading

What made the experience of listening to Ghost Wars the most enjoyable?

Like many others, I want to understand how the United States got into the current mess in Afghanistan. This is the first book I've read that provides, in a truly in depth and objective manner. the always ignored back story. Anyone who cares to voice an opinion on future policy decisions in the Middle East should be familiar with this book. The author's objective presentation makes the story just that much harder to hear.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author's cold blooded description of the myriad ways in which the United States was manipulated by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years.

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have,and enjoy his narration. For some reason however, in the first half of this book, sentences were often clipped off at the end, giving the reading a sort of chopped off sound. This problem seemed to disappear in the second half of the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I actually spent more than 6 months listening to this book, mostly in the car, and I'm glad I took the time to go through it slowly. The tragedy builds slowly, piece by piece, until the eve of 9/11.

Any additional comments?

No book since a "Bright, Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan has made a greater impression on me in terms of historical understanding.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Howard H. Shen
  • 2012/05/01

great book, minor recording/narrating flaws

What made the experience of listening to Ghost Wars the most enjoyable?

great story telling, accurate and abundant information, unbiased reporting.

What aspect of Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance would you have changed?

the russian helicopter in the book is a Mil-17, through out the read, he reads it as an MiG 17. for someone with a decent military hardware background, it drove me nuts. couple of other similar misuse of technical terms.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

glitches in the recording, skipped lines and sentences. could be a bad burn to CD...

  • 総合評価
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  • Colin
  • 2016/12/21

An excellent, eye-opening listen

This is an excellent choice for any fan of history. It is wonderfully detailed, clearly written and read, and totally engaging. If you are hoping to study this subject intently, I would recommend getting the actual book because the names can be easily muddled as the setting shifts around the globe.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Cate Felder
  • 2016/12/16

Excellent Modern History

This narrative is an absolute education in the roots of radical Islamist terrorism. As someone who was a teenager during the GWOT but too young to have comprehended the global terror threat (or even know the term "al Queda") before 9/11 brought it screaming into my consciousness, this book was an excellent way to educate myself on the causes and complications of the past 15 years of war. The story, like the terror threat, is global and teeming with distinct characters. It is heartbreaking to watch the CIA, National Security, and State Dept officials wrestle with they dilemnas that they did, only to realize the inevitablity of some of their choices(they would only have chosen differently if they had known about 9/11 years prior to its occurance), and the confounding arbitrariness of others.
Superb narration and engaging writing style throughout.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Klas Mellbourn
  • 2016/09/11

Fascinating background to 9/11

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Wars?

Interesting detail of how first the US and Saudi Arabia supported the taliban, and later how Pakistan supported the Taliban and Bin Laden.

  • 総合評価
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  • joseph
  • 2012/11/19

Outstanding

This is a wonderfully researched book. I listened to this and The Looming Tower in quick succession. I found it to be the far better of the two. Coll is insightful and is very careful to not overstep or over-interpret his source material. I find him trustworthy and honest and evenhanded. He is also a gifted writer. It was a great listen and was well performed by Malcolm Hillgartner.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Ben in Baltimore
  • 2011/11/21

Interesting, in-depth book

This book offers a very in-depth look at U.S. involvement in Afghanistan prior to 9/11. The story comes across as factual and well-documented; I did not pick up any noticeable traces of a political ideology, just a well-reported story based on facts as presented by the author. The book is well read by Malcolm Hilgartner, to the extent that I would be more likely to purchase an audio book if he is the narrator. The technical production of the book is slightly lacking in a few spots where the audio stops abruptly and restarts, but overall it sounds good and I don't think anything is missed due to these small annoyances.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Amber
  • 2020/04/17

Audiobook Cuts Off Sentences Often

The book was slow to start and the narrator felt a bit staccato. I found it difficult to pay attention. Eventually the narration improved to a more natural sounding rhythm, though the writing still did not draw me in overall. There are definitely some interesting stories within the text, but overall it was a challenge to get through. This was exacerbated by the fact that many sentences cut off part way through, leaving you too wonder how much you missed before the next sentence or paragraph abruptly started.

Overall - alright narration and story, but not superb. It has been my worst audible experience thus far, though I have listened to several good stories in the few months I have subscribed. Perhaps this would have been better to read as a regular book.

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  • 総合評価
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  • carrosvoss
  • 2020/05/24

Fantastic story, brilliant narration but a terrible recording

Bad point first: formatting of the recording is abysmal. In almost every chapter there is a abrupt cut off, which suggests something was edited out. Even if it’s just where it was supposed to end by design, abruptness of it, often before the end of the word, gives a bad impression. It disrupts the flow and intellectual continuity.
Otherwise everything is perfect.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kathryn Bruce
  • 2021/05/25

Distilling a deeply complex history

This is a great book with fascinating content. I enjoyed the performance and would rate the purchase highly *but* a word of caution: this is not a book you can listen to while pottering around. It's very complex with many moving parts - tune out for a second and it's easy to get lost. For that reason, you might prefer a hard copy. Excellent though.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • E N Cuentro
  • 2021/04/25

Excellent

Deservedly a classic piece of "national security" journalism.

A particularly good performance by the narrator. Just the right levels of gravitas and pace, and seamlessly delivered accents for the major characters - perhaps not always perfect, but really make the reading come alive.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Demosthenes
  • 2021/02/16

A HISTORY OF BLOW BACK

The planes that crashed into New York's World Trade Centre on 9/11 came out of a clear blue sky but the brooding threat of Osama Bob Laden and Al Qaeda was an out secret in all the bolt holes and crannies of the US Secrer State since the first invasion of Afghanistan as Steve Colls excellent Ghost Wars explains.

Meticulous and detailed, Colls book is nothing short of a thorough history of the causes and effects of US foreign policy and intelligence operations over the last 50 years. Spanning 5 White administrations from Carter to George W Bush, Coll brings to bear the expert hand and all seeing eye of a seasoned investigative journalist to reveal ultimately how US foreign policy and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, were fulcrul in creating a new world order of asymmetrical global terror in the post Soviet era with devasting impact on US soil.

Form those wanting to stay in the world of alternative facts and abbreviated homilies of US resistence in the face of homegrown evil, do not read this book. For those with greater fortitude, Coll book chronicles the real nuts and bolts of foreign policy formation, how fickleness and inter agency rivalries can shape it, how intelligence and operations on the ground can necessitate unsavoury regional alliances and how ultimately how what goes around comes around to bite the usually unsuspecting assets of a new administration.

A brilliant book and an equally compelling lesson.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/12/30

Fascinating Insight to the world of the CIA

I enjoyed with mixed emotions this book. As a member of a nation also affected by terrorism I was enthralled by the judgments made by intelligence officers which affect all of us in the west.
What shocked me was the unwillingness of politicians and civil servants to recognise evil when they saw it and deal with it effectively rather than embracing it.
I was also shocked by how easily the intelligence community was conned by Pakistan into believing that they would ever deal effectively with Islamic terrorism.
Yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but you have to question the validity of funding organisations which are there to protect the citizens of a nation that end up failing that nation so badly, as in the case of the CIA, as well as those of us also who became victims of Islamic terrorism.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • GRAEME
  • 2020/08/16

Fascinating and insightful

I don’t normally write reviews for books but felt compelled to on this occasion. I have always been fascinated by terrorism ie IRA, Al Qaeda
etc and this is clearly very well researched and paints a picture of the politics behind 9/11.
Highly recommend this book to anyone with similar interests and it is very well read by Malcolm Hillgartner

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019/08/21

BE WARNED DO NOT BUY THE AUDIO VERSON!!!

First off I would like to say this is a very interesting, highly detailed and very well researched book (the narration was very good as well). THAT BEING SAID....
The person who edited the audiobook version and who was in charge of quality control was either drunk or completely incompetent and they need to be fired..

At least once or twice every hour or so (if not more) It just cuts off mid sentence and starts on again somewhere else leaving you clueless about the content you might have missed. It is honestly UNACCEPTABLE.. The only reason I managed to finish the book is that i'm highly interested in the subject matter and I don't have the extra money lying around to buy the same damn book I already own but in a different form.

Still, if you're interested in the events that lead up to 9-11 en wat was happening in and around Afghanistan with the CIA, Massoud, Bin Laden, the Taliban and the Soviet occupation (and constant influence of Pakistan) This is a must read. JUST GET THE EBOOK VERSION. BE WARNED.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2019/11/01

Ghost Wars

Great story but very poorly edited.
It is a shame because it spoiled the experience.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Alex
  • 2020/08/03

brilliant book - bad editing.

not as bad as some of the reviews here suggest, mostly just the occasional loss of a syllable at the end of sentences, but there are times when one might question if whole paragraphs or plot points have been missed, particularly toward the end of the book. i have checked this against the physical book and it is not the case, but it can be disorientating nonetheless.

still definitely worth listening to, given the excellent work of the author and the narrator.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/02/15

Epic journalism

A thorough and engaging expose of the CIA’s battle against Bin Laden and the factors that led up to the 9/11 attacks. Investigative journalism of the highest order. Highly recommended.

Only let down by some minor but irritating editing issues with the recording.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Julian Manning
  • 2021/04/22

Gives more info that you ever need to know :)

Performance: The narration was pretty good and the narrator even tries to imitate accent from some of the people involved in the story. However there are many interruptions in the audio. The audio suddenly cuts off and it does not start at exact point where it was broken.

Story (1): The story of this book minus the introduction almost follows a bottom-up approach, bombarding you with immense amount of information. The introduction on the other hand takes a top-down approach and gives you the big picture before diving to details in the following chapters. Given the reader/listener may not know the topic or fine details discussed in the book, it may come across as extremely long and hard to follow.

Story (2): This book seems to be very well researched and provides you with a lot of information. However, it may not be easy to digest them if you are not already familiar with the Middle East history and politics. If that is the case, I would suggest to listen/read to "Games Without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan" also available at Audible first and then attempt this book.