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The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
 

The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Digital original)

By Hastings, Michael

General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative commander of international and US forces in Afghanistan, was livin large. Loyal staff liked to call him a 'rock star'. During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional Allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanie... read full description below.

ISBN 9781409144878
Barcode 9781409144878
Published 28 February 2012 by Orion Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Digital original
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ISBN-13 9781409144878
ISBN-10 1409144879
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Lt
Publication Date 28 February 2012
International Publication Date 23 February 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Digital original
Edition Digital original
Author(s) By Hastings, Michael
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 568g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 973.932092
Catalogue Code 258420

Description of this Book

General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative commander of international and US forces in Afghanistan, was livin large. Loyal staff liked to call him a 'rock star'. During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional Allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanied by journalist Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone. For days, Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration for what they saw as a lack of leadership. When Hastings' piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was unceremoniously fired. In The Operators, Hastings gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of Allied military commanders, their high-stakes manoeuvres and often bitter bureaucratic in-fighting. He takes us on patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands and to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building gone awry, drawing back the curtain on a hellish complexity and, he fears, an unwinnable war.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The life of a general is something to see, especially when it''s Stanley McChrystal, America''s four-star, rock star commander, at the height of his power and panache in Afghanistan. It''s a hard story to get, and hard to tell it well, but in the hands of Michael Hastings, it''s a world-class job of reporting and a joy to read.

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Author's Bio

Michael Hastings is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He regularly covers politics and international affairs for the magazine, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. In 2011, he received the George Polk Award in journalism for his Rolling Stone story, 'The Runaway General'. http://www.michaelhastings.com/ https://twitter.com/mmhastings

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