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

A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofGhost Wars,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 A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction Longlisted for the 2018 Natio...

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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

  • Bettie☯
    Feb 06, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

  • Martin
    Feb 20, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

  • Leo Walsh
    Oct 26, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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...

    A sprawling, detailed look at American misadventures n Afghanistan. Which tracks how the W. Bush White House took a winnable war against the repressive Taliban and mucked it up by simply taking its eye off the prize by channeling money and resources into an unnecessary, ill-advised war...

  • Lynn
    Apr 18, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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....

  • Ryan Lackey
    Sep 23, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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...

    A sprawling, detailed look at American misadventures n Afghanistan. Which tracks how the W. Bush White House took a winnable war against the repressive Taliban and mucked it up by simply taking its eye off the prize by channeling money and resources into an unnecessary, ill-advised war...

    When Afghanistan was in the news after the twin towers destruction reporters mentioned the "Northern Alliance". At the time I knew nothing about them. This book gave me the full details of the part they played in yet another Afgan war. Scary debates among the CIA on bombing a sc...

    This book is a comprehensive documentation of CIA, Pakistani ISI, and various elements of Afghan intelligence and government from 9/11/01 to around 2016. It is at least 95% accurate based on my knowledge (it got some minor military/technical details wrong), and includes more detail tha...

  • Bob Mayer
    Feb 03, 2019

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

  • Ocl
    May 03, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

  • Karen
    Mar 11, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Dec 20, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

  • Dan Graser
    Jul 01, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

  • Jerome
    Apr 06, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

  • Zubair  Ashraf
    May 03, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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...

    A sprawling, detailed look at American misadventures n Afghanistan. Which tracks how the W. Bush White House took a winnable war against the repressive Taliban and mucked it up by simply taking its eye off the prize by channeling money and resources into an unnecessary, ill-advised war...

    When Afghanistan was in the news after the twin towers destruction reporters mentioned the "Northern Alliance". At the time I knew nothing about them. This book gave me the full details of the part they played in yet another Afgan war. Scary debates among the CIA on bombing a sc...

    This book is a comprehensive documentation of CIA, Pakistani ISI, and various elements of Afghan intelligence and government from 9/11/01 to around 2016. It is at least 95% accurate based on my knowledge (it got some minor military/technical details wrong), and includes more detail tha...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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...

    A sprawling, detailed look at American misadventures n Afghanistan. Which tracks how the W. Bush White House took a winnable war against the repressive Taliban and mucked it up by simply taking its eye off the prize by channeling money and resources into an unnecessary, ill-advised war...

    When Afghanistan was in the news after the twin towers destruction reporters mentioned the "Northern Alliance". At the time I knew nothing about them. This book gave me the full details of the part they played in yet another Afgan war. Scary debates among the CIA on bombing a sc...

    This book is a comprehensive documentation of CIA, Pakistani ISI, and various elements of Afghan intelligence and government from 9/11/01 to around 2016. It is at least 95% accurate based on my knowledge (it got some minor military/technical details wrong), and includes more detail tha...

    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...

    4.25 / 5.0 VERY DETAILED BUT EASY TO FOLLOW IN SPITE OF UNUSUAL NAMES AND PLACES OVERALL TONE SHADOWS NARRATIVE WITH A MUDDLED CONTEXT TO EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS AND EVERYONE INVOLVED. EMPHASIZES LACK OF DEFINED GOALS ON AMERICAN SIDE AND CONFLICTING MOTIVATIONS OF OTHER PARTIES. ...

    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...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

  • Phillip
    Mar 16, 2019

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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...

    A sprawling, detailed look at American misadventures n Afghanistan. Which tracks how the W. Bush White House took a winnable war against the repressive Taliban and mucked it up by simply taking its eye off the prize by channeling money and resources into an unnecessary, ill-advised war...

    When Afghanistan was in the news after the twin towers destruction reporters mentioned the "Northern Alliance". At the time I knew nothing about them. This book gave me the full details of the part they played in yet another Afgan war. Scary debates among the CIA on bombing a sc...

    This book is a comprehensive documentation of CIA, Pakistani ISI, and various elements of Afghan intelligence and government from 9/11/01 to around 2016. It is at least 95% accurate based on my knowledge (it got some minor military/technical details wrong), and includes more detail tha...

    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...

    4.25 / 5.0 VERY DETAILED BUT EASY TO FOLLOW IN SPITE OF UNUSUAL NAMES AND PLACES OVERALL TONE SHADOWS NARRATIVE WITH A MUDDLED CONTEXT TO EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS AND EVERYONE INVOLVED. EMPHASIZES LACK OF DEFINED GOALS ON AMERICAN SIDE AND CONFLICTING MOTIVATIONS OF OTHER PARTIES. ...

  • Athan Tolis
    Aug 26, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

  • Uptownbookwormnyc
    Mar 06, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

  • John
    Mar 25, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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...

    A sprawling, detailed look at American misadventures n Afghanistan. Which tracks how the W. Bush White House took a winnable war against the repressive Taliban and mucked it up by simply taking its eye off the prize by channeling money and resources into an unnecessary, ill-advised war...

    When Afghanistan was in the news after the twin towers destruction reporters mentioned the "Northern Alliance". At the time I knew nothing about them. This book gave me the full details of the part they played in yet another Afgan war. Scary debates among the CIA on bombing a sc...

    This book is a comprehensive documentation of CIA, Pakistani ISI, and various elements of Afghan intelligence and government from 9/11/01 to around 2016. It is at least 95% accurate based on my knowledge (it got some minor military/technical details wrong), and includes more detail tha...

    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...

    4.25 / 5.0 VERY DETAILED BUT EASY TO FOLLOW IN SPITE OF UNUSUAL NAMES AND PLACES OVERALL TONE SHADOWS NARRATIVE WITH A MUDDLED CONTEXT TO EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS AND EVERYONE INVOLVED. EMPHASIZES LACK OF DEFINED GOALS ON AMERICAN SIDE AND CONFLICTING MOTIVATIONS OF OTHER PARTIES. ...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Apr 08, 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....

    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...

  • Adam Balshan
    Sep 01, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

  • Wilson
    Jan 08, 2019

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

  • Charles
    Sep 01, 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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

  • Martin
    Mar 06, 2019

    ?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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    A must read if one wishes to begin to understand our entanglement in the longest "war" in our history. The author has done meticulous research and had access to the real players, both Americans and overseas. The title refers to the Pakistani Intelligence Agency and that is a big pa...

    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...

    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...

    If You?re Not Winning, You?re Losing. And yet you don?t know how to quit Directorate S derives its name from a branch of Pakistani intelligence. Although the role of Pakistan is prominent in author Steve Coll?s examination of America?s struggle in Afghanistan, this is a la...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    Outstanding historical rollup since September 11th, 2001. A great follow up to ?Ghost Wars?. It?s terribly sobering to know you were part of the story when it comes to Afghanistan, with your gut telling you there?s no solution. Then comes this outstanding author and historia...

    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...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Eight days it took me to read through this monster of a sequel to Ghost Wars. It helps, of course, that the author is discussing history here. Ghost Wars was all about the tragic mistakes that led up to Al Qaeda?s ?finest hour,? the simultaneous assassination of Ahmad Shah Mas...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Summary: This was well written and the author provided a good amount of help (yay for cast lists!), but it was still a tough read. I enjoyed reading the National Book Award nonfiction shortlist enough that I decided to keep going with the longlist! I was a little dubious about this ...

    4 stars [History] Coll writes a contiguous sequel to his book, Ghost Wars. The former entailed a time from the 1970s to the day before 9/11. This book entails a time from 9/11 to 2014, the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan. Writing: 3.75 stars The first three chapters we...

    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...

    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...

    A sprawling, detailed look at American misadventures n Afghanistan. Which tracks how the W. Bush White House took a winnable war against the repressive Taliban and mucked it up by simply taking its eye off the prize by channeling money and resources into an unnecessary, ill-advised war...

    When Afghanistan was in the news after the twin towers destruction reporters mentioned the "Northern Alliance". At the time I knew nothing about them. This book gave me the full details of the part they played in yet another Afgan war. Scary debates among the CIA on bombing a sc...