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

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

Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars, bestselling author Steve Coll tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11 Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in A Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars, bestselling author Steve Coll tells for the first ...

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Title:Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Author:Steve Coll
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Genres:History
ISBN:B073NNYGWY
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:779 pages pages

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan Reviews

  • KO
    Jun 11, 2018
    A must read for both fans of American led wars in far away places and the people living in those far away places. Provides a lot of insight and details into the underbelly of American decision making and its many internal conflicts. That's probably the highlight of the book - t...
  • Bettie☯
    Feb 06, 2018
    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...
  • Martin
    Feb 20, 2018
    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...
  • Lynn
    Apr 18, 2018
    This is a review of the audiobook. It is well read and clearly by Malcolm Hillgartner, who has read many audiobooks. Directorate S is a secret division of Pakistan's ISI, Pakistan's Intelligence Agency. It was this agency that helped the Taliban and probably hid Osama Bin Laden's locat...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 10, 2018
    ?America failed to achieve its aims in Afghanistan for many reasons: underinvestment in development and security immediately after the Taliban?s fall; the drains on resources and the provocations caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq; corruption fed by N.A.T.O. contracting and C....
  • Ocl
    May 03, 2018
    Phew, that was one difficult book to read! Though it was redeemed by including so many tragic anecdotes of American losses, disappointing agreement attempt results, and huge follies, it was difficult to stay focused. The author bombards the reader with middle eastern names, acronyms, a...
  • Khalid Khan
    Mar 08, 2018
    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...
  • Karen
    Mar 11, 2018
    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...
  • Stephen Morrissey
    Apr 11, 2018
    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...
  • Dan Graser
    Jul 01, 2018
    Steve Coll's previous work, "Ghost Wars," has been considered the finest work of investigative journalism in recent memory, garnering great critical acclaim in addition to the Pulitzer Prize. With this hugely ambitious follow-up to that work, Coll has done it again in an absorbing work...
  • Ron Smith
    Feb 27, 2018
    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...
  • Jerome
    Apr 06, 2018
    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...
  • Ammar
    May 12, 2018
    https://www.dawn.com/news/1407268 ...
  • Zubair  Ashraf
    May 03, 2018
    An apologetic account of the USA beginning and nearly losing a war they are still embroiled in. The book is well researched but it?s biased towards the Pakistan Army and it?s agencies as was the case in Ghost wars. Apparently Pakistani agencies are the reason for a lot of chaos yet...
  • Hrishikesh
    Apr 30, 2018
    The Afghan war is a still-unfolding, incredibly complex chapter in contemporary world history. Steve Coll's highly detailed & exhaustive study provides a nuanced insight into the period from 2001 to 2016, and discuss the issue from the perspective of multiple stake holders. This 70...
  • Dick Reynolds
    Jun 04, 2018
    I'm giving up on this one after reading about one-third of it. It seems to feature a cast of thousands, many of whom have easily forgettable Arab names. One conclusion that I reached is that the U. S. should not be fighting wars in either Afghanistan or Pakistan. Reminds me too much of...
  • Murtaza
    Jan 02, 2018
    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...
  • Steven Z.
    Feb 24, 2018
    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...
  • Stephen Yoder
    Dec 11, 2017
    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...
  • Jared
    Mar 19, 2018
    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...
  • Adil Ehsan
    Mar 06, 2018
    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...
  • Uptownbookwormnyc
    Mar 06, 2018
    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...
  • William J.
    Apr 17, 2018
    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...
  • John
    Mar 25, 2018
    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...
  • Sameer
    Jun 14, 2018
    This Book is one of most comprehensive and exhaustive study of the war in Afghanistan from late 1990s through to 2017. The sheer coverage of period is staggering. As the name suggests, the book's primary focus is on Pakistani Military Intelligence organization "Inter Services Intell...
  • Marcus
    Apr 13, 2018
    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...
  • Zainab
    Jun 05, 2018
    I wanted to like this book. I heard great things about Steve Coll and his last book, "Ghost Wars" that won him Pulitzer award. I grew up with War on Terror raging first in Afghanistan and then in my own country, Pakistan so it was natural for me to be curious about it What happened and...
  • Devin Croft
    Apr 08, 2018
    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Apr 08, 2018
    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...
  • Miles Kwiatek
    Feb 25, 2018
    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...