Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile - PDF and EPUB eBook
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....
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Details of Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
- Exact title of the book
- Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
- Book author
- George Crile
- Book edition
- Audio CD
- Number of pages
- 10 pages
- October 1st 2005 by Blackstone Audiobooks
- File size (in PDF)
- 40 kB
Some brief overview of book
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.