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Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
Contributor(s):Crile, George (Author) , Lane, Christopher (Read by)

ISBN: 0786179953   EAN: 9780786179954
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
US SRP: $ 29.95 US 
Binding: Compact Disc
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 10/01/2005
: Soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, directed by Mike Nichols. In his "New York Times" covert-ops chronicle ("Publishers Weekly"), Crile relates the untold story of the last battle of the Cold War. Unabridged. 17 CDs.

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Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#61483914
BISAC Categories:
- Political Science | Intelligence & Espionage
- History | Military | General
- History | Asia | Central Asia
LC Subjects:
-Afghanistan -History
-Soviet occupation, 1979-1989 -Secret service
-Wilson, Charles -United States
-Military assistance, American -Audiobooks
INGRAM Categories:
- Chronological Period | 1980's
- Cultural Region | Asian Studies
Dewey: 958.1045
LC Call Number: DS371.2
Features: Abridged
Physical Info: 1.43" H x 5.85" L x 5.27" W (0.62 lbs) 10 cassettes 10 pages
Number of Units in Package: 10

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Marc Notes:
Abridged.;Compact disc.;Digitally mastered.;Read by Christopher Lane.;Published by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc.--Container.;The untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam.;A Blackstone Audie Award winner.

Publisher Marketing:
Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story of the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the Agency's history. In the early 1980s, after a Houston socialite turned Wilson's attention to the ragged Afghan freedom fighters who continued to fight the Soviet invaders despite overwhelming odds, the congressman became passionate about their cause and procured hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies. Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agency's rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers conventions, to the Khyber Pass, Charlie Wilson's War is a detailed and brilliantly reported account of the inside workings of the CIA.

Review Citations:
  • Ingram Advance 08/01/2005 pg. 134 (EAN 9780786179954, Compact Disc)
  • Ingram Advance 08/01/2005 pg. 134 (EAN 9780786181124, MP3 CD)
  • Ingram Advance 08/01/2005 pg. 134 (EAN 9780786134458, Analog Audio Cassette)
  • Kliatt 09/01/2004 pg. 46 (EAN 9780802141248, Paperback)
  • Entertainment Weekly 01/11/2008 pg. 75 (EAN 9780802141248, Paperback)
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert 02/15/2002 pg. 124 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert 09/15/2002 pg. 52 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2003 pg. 438 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • New York Times 05/25/2003 pg. 13 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 05/01/2003 pg. 134 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 05/26/2003 pg. 64 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 05/15/2003 pg. 1635 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • New York Times 06/01/2003 pg. 21 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • New York Times 12/07/2003 pg. 72 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Outside 09/01/2004 pg. 37 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 02/15/2002 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 09/15/2002 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 04/15/2003 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)
  • Time 12/17/2008 pg. 79 (EAN 9780871138545, Hardcover)

Contributor Bio: Crile, George

George Crile (1945-2006) was an award-winning documentary filmmaker and veteran producer for 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II. Charlie Wilson's War began as a 60 Minutes profile in 1988.

Contributor Bio: Lane, Christopher

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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