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Compelling, Important and Entertaining CIA/Afghan Tale,
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This review is from: First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan (Hardcover)
If you care about your country or the world we lve in, or you just want a great read, you really should read this book. It's a gripping memoir of Gary Schroen's personal experiences as a CIA operative/team leader launching the war in Afghanistan. I've been there and done that with all his wonderful key Afghan characters and can verify he captures their essence with great aplomb. There are quite a few errors when he goes deeper into history and into the life and more recent assassination of Northern Alliance leader, Ahmed Shah Massoud. That's a pity but it would be jarring only to a long-time Afghanophile. And none of the convoluted factoids on the Afghan front detract from a thoroughly entertaining read and a true insight into what could be called the CIA's most important mission in recent memory. Compared to many other Afghan War books, Schroen's is especially good simply because he has a story to tell. Get the book. You're missing something really worthwhile if you don't. I loved it.