by Steve Coll - £14.99 Penguin (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780141020808 | ISBN 10: 0141020806
Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeda's evolution.
Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified government files and interviewed senior US officials and foreign spy-masters. Here he gives the full inside story of the CIA's covert funding of an Islamic jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan, explores how this sowed the seeds of bin Laden's rise, traces how he built his global network and brings to life the dramatic battles with the US government over national security. Above all, he lays bare American intelligence's continual failure to grasp the rising threat of terrorism in the years leading up to 9/11 - and its devastating consequences.
"A powerful indictment of the CIA's myopia and incompetence .. this is a classic study."
(London Review of Books)
(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)
In booklists: Afghanistan, USA: Foreign Policy, War & Imperialism, September 11, 2001 July 7th, 2005 and the 'War on Terror', Terrorism, USA and the Middle East, In categories: World - Asia, Peace & Human Rights, World - North America, World - Middle East,