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Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Steve Coll

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Allen Lane
06 February 2018
History; 21st century history: from c 2000 -; Afghan War; Espionage & secret services; War & defence operations
In the wake of the terrible shock of 9/11, the C.I.A. scrambled to work out how to destroy Bin Laden and his associates. The C.I.A. had long familiarity with Afghanistan and had worked closely with the Taliban to defeat the Soviet Union there. A tangle of assumptions, old contacts, favours and animosities were now reactivated.

Superficially the invasion was quick and efficient, but Bin Laden's successful escape, together with that of much of the Taliban leadership, and a catastrophic failure to define the limits of NATO's mission in a tough, impoverished country the size of Texas, created a quagmire which lasted many years.

At the heart of the problem lay 'Directorate S', a highly secretive arm of the Pakistan state which had its own views on the Taliban and Afghanistan's place in a wider competition for influence between Pakistan, India and China, and which assumed that the U.S.A. and its allies would soon be leaving.

Steve Coll's remarkable new book tells a powerful, bitter story of just how badly foreign policy decisions can go wrong and of many lives lost.
By:   Steve Coll
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   880g
ISBN:   9780241337356
ISBN 10:   0241337356
Pages:   720
Publication Date:   06 February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Steve Coll is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. His major books include PRIVATE EMPIRE, THE BIN LADENS and the Pulitzer Prize-winning GHOST WARS. He is a staff writer on The New Yorker.

Reviews for Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Every assertion is carefully sourced and checked. This book is in the finest traditions of American investigative journalism. Coll is the thinking man's Michael Wolff. -- Sherard Cowper-Coles * The Times * A masterful and entertaining account ... the story is delivered with a literary prowess that has been absent in previous western accounts of America's longest running war -- Rafia Zakaria * Guardian * Spectacular ... Directorate S has a cast of characters that makes Bourne movies pale in comparison -- Demetri Sevastopulo * Financial Times *


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