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The Resource Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll, (sound recording)

Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll, (sound recording)

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Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Title
Directorate S
Title remainder
the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Statement of responsibility
Steve Coll
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Contributor
Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Traces America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the years since 9/11, and how the U.S. efforts in the Afghan War faltered because of a failure to understand the intentions of Pakistan's intelligence agency
  • "Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation with, although often in direct opposition to, I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the United States was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the United States, deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the United States was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan. Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s Directorate S. This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence. Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism."--Back cover
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BTCTA
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not applicable
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other
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PerformerNote
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner
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Label
Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll, (sound recording)
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Publication
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unknown
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audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
993996587
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
23 audio discs (29 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780525528593
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
s
Other physical details
CD audio, digital
Publisher number
PRHA 7194
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unknown
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)993996587
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not applicable
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not applicable
Label
Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Steve Coll, (sound recording)
Publication
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
993996587
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
23 audio discs (29 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780525528593
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
s
Other physical details
CD audio, digital
Publisher number
PRHA 7194
Special playback characteristics
unknown
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)993996587
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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