Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Operators Paperback – February 1, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
"The life of a general is something to see, especially when it''s Stanley McChrystal, America''s four-star, rock star commander, at the height of his power and panache in Afghanistan. It''s a hard story to get, and hard to tell it well, but in the hands of Michael Hastings, it''s a world-class job of reporting and a joy to read."
About the Author
Michael Hastings is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He regularly covers politics and international affairs for the magazine, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. In 2011, he received the George Polk Award in journalism for his Rolling Stone story, 'The Runaway General'. http://www.michaelhastings.com/ https://twitter.com/mmhastings
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Goes to show how much I didn't know about that whole episode. Michael Hastings presents a pretty unvarnished account of his embed with the ISAF Commander and his inner circle. Nothing in "The Operators" shocked me in the least, especially the descriptions of the "warrior mind-set" displayed in word and actions by GEN McChrystal and his team. Commanders have been talking like that for probably as long as organized armies have existed. Biggest difference now is that the internet provides almost instant dispersal of this stuff, and if media outlets can extract a whiff of scandal, the story balloons immediately. How any supposedly media-savvy public affairs staffer could have ignored that reality is the only shocker, as Hastings really presents a clear, convincing case exonerating him of any unethical journalistic behavior. (I tend to believe his account, though that's based purely on my gut feeling, not on personal knowledge!)
Aside from the "behind the story" aspect, I was truly fascinated by Hastings' account of the political maneuvering going on in Afghanistan, Iraq, Washington DC, and the Pentagon. That a book like this could be published while the war in Afghanistan is still in progress kind of amazes me, as it seems like the information it contains is counterproductive to our war effort...but I suppose that is old-fashioned thinking on my part.
At any rate, I think "The Operators" is definitely worth reading as a companion piece to the tsunami of articles and books past, present, and future about our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and the whole Counter-Insurgency doctrine. It'll help provide a bit of clarity, and also identifies some of the prominent strategists and tacticians our leaders are relying upon for advice.
Start this for the backstory which got Stan McChrystal fired but stay to find out how bad the politicians have misled us about the two wars and especially Afghanistan.