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

ISBN-10: 0452298962
ISBN-13: 9780452298965
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Authors: Michael Hastings
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Description: “An impressive feat of journalism by a Washington outsider who seemed to know more about what was going on in Washington than most insiders did.” -The New York TimesGeneral Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces  More...

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

“An impressive feat of journalism by a Washington outsider who seemed to know more about what was going on in Washington than most insiders did.” -The New York TimesGeneral Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings’s piece appeared in Rolling Stone, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was unceremoniously fired.InThe Operators, Hastings picked up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. From patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands to senior military advisors’ late-night bull sessions to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building, Hastings presents a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of what he fears is an unwinnable war.

Michael Hastings was born in Burlington, Vermont on January 28, 1980. He graduated from New York University in 2002. At the age of 25, Newsweek assigned him to cover the war in Iraq. While there, he lost his girlfriend, Andi Parhamovich, who died in an ambush by Sunni extremists. Shortly after returning home, he turned his Iraq experiences and Parhamovich's death into a draft of the book, I Lost My Love in Baghdad. He later became a reporter for Rolling Stone and the website BuzzFeed. During his career, he wrote an expose of American drone attacks, interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and looked at the Army's use of "psychological operations" to influence sitting senators. His 2010 Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, The Runaway General, exposed the general and his staff's disdain for their superiors, ranging from National Security Advisor James L. Jones to Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. He won the George Polk Award for magazine reporting and later wrote a book about McChrystal and his time in the war zone entitled The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan. He also reported on the presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012. He died in a car crash on June 18, 2013 at the age of 33.

The Plan
Delta Bravo
It's Not Switzerland
Lady Gaga
"Intimidated by the Crowd"
Arc de Trimphe
"A Violent Act"
On the X
The A-Team
"Bite Me"
The Photo Op
Totally Shit-Faced
"Dead Silence"
The Horror, the Horror
We're Actually Losing
Petraeus Can't Do Afghanistan, and We Aren't Going to Get Bin Laden
The Elections, Part I
Texts to Berlin
The Elections, Part II
Team America Rolls the Ritz
On Principle
Spies Like Us
"I'm President. I Don't Give a Shit What They Say"
The Strategy
"Let Me Be Clear"
Worshipping the Gods of Beer
Who Is Stanley McChrystal? Part I, 1954-1976
"The Jerk in Green"
Who Is Stanley McChrystal? Part II, 1976-Present Day
Reality Checks In
Interlude: Dubai
Afghanistan
A Short History of a Horrible Idea
Bad Romance
President Karzai Has a Cold
An E-mail Exchange: Come Walk in Our Boots
A Boy Born in 1987
Where Is Israel Arroyo?
Ingram's House
An Army of None
In the Arena
"I Didn't Even Know We Were Fighting There"
The Concluding Converations with Duncan Boothby, General Petraeus Face-Plants in Congress, and the Story Breaks While I Watch American Helicopter Pilots Kill Insurgents
The Graceful Exit
"Very, Very Bad"
The Pentagon Investigates McChrystal
The Media-Military-Industrial Complex
I'd Rather Be Eating a Burger
Once Upon a Time in Kandahar
King David's War
"Tourism, Not Terrorism"
Petraeus Does Body Counts
The New Afghanistan
Joe Biden Is Right
Epilogue: Someday, This War's Gonna End
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