Monday, December 19, 2011

Book Recommendation: Charlie Wilson's War

This book, by George Crile, is highly recommended. It is the story of the CIA's secret war in Afghanistan and the movers and shakers behind it. For me, the story of the people supporting it was secondary to the story of the war itself. It was very interesting to learn how the appropriations were handled and that part is compelling. The agreements forged by Wilson between various countries to aid the Mujahidin yielded good results, even when his actions greatly exceeded his legal limits.
The book is much better and very much more comprehensive than the movie. Larger than life characters and a desparate struggle against tyranny. What more can you want in a book.

If you have any interest in the Cold War, the CIA, or are looking for a good piece of non-fiction, this is the book for you.


  1. I did watch the movie and had forgotten about the book....

  2. a Physician friend of my family, now deceased, spent quite a few extended tours of volunteer duty as a surgeon, chiefly but not only in and around Kabul back in the 1980's. He actually came to love the country and the people, at least in the regions he worked. Afghanistan has certainly had a turbulent past, and unfortunately, that is likely to continue for a long time, almost regardless what we do or do not do there. I am fond of Diplomacy and Intrigue, so I'm sure I'd enjoy the book.