Ghost Wars

GHOST WARS….Speaking of book reviews, I mentioned Steve Coll’s Ghost Wars in passing yesterday but didn’t say anything about the book itself. And while I don’t feel like posting a full-blown review, I will say this: if you’re interested in Afghanistan, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the American response to it through four administrations, it’s the go-to book. It’s detailed, it’s nonpartisan, it gives a terrific sense of what the real obstacles are to getting good intelligence in a place like Central Asia, and it’s a great primer on the politics of the region before 9/11.

If it has any faults, it may be that it’s too detailed. I generally like long books, but there were times in Ghost Wars where I started to feel like I was losing the forest for the trees. Still, better that than the comic book version. Highly recommended.