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Charlie Wilson's War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: George Crile

Narrated By: Christopher Lane

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2005

Duration: 20 hours 29 minutes

Summary:

Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story of the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the Agency's history. In the early 1980s, after a Houston socialite turned Wilson's attention to the ragged Afghan freedom fighters who continued to fight the Soviet invaders despite overwhelming odds, the congressman became passionate about their cause and procured 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, Charlie Wilson's War is a detailed and brilliantly reported account of the inside workings of the CIA.

"Americans often ask: Where have all the heroes gone? Well a lot of them come roaring through in this tour de force of reporting and writing. Tom Clancy's fiction pales in comparison with the amazing, mesmerizing story told by George Crile. By resurrecting a missing chapter out of our recent past, Charlie Wilson's War provides us with the key to understanding the present."-Dan Rather

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  • Tony

    Some minor elements of fact to it, like any good fabrication. But if you believe this book's premise, then you'd believe that one congressman ran the entire Afghan effort while President Reagan slept through the whole thing, totally unaware of it. Of course, this oh-so-wise congressman also saw the future with perfect foresight, and if only we'd listened to him, Afghanistan would be a paradise now. Great book for left-wing twits who also believe Gorbachev is the hero who ended the cold war; they would enjoy listening to this on the CD player in their Volkswagon bug.

Charlie Wilson's War

by George Crile

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