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Charlie Wilson's War The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History

Charlie Wilson's War was a publishing sensation and a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. In the early 1980s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan "freedom fighters" who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders. Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure 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, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand-new foe in the form of radical Islam.

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  • "Extraordinary story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rogue CIA agent changed the history of our times"@en
  • "Guerra de Charlie Wilson"
  • "Charlie Wilson's War"

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  • "In the last decade, two events have transformed the world: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of militant Islam. This is the first book to explain the link between these two occurrences. It is also the story of the CIA's largest and most successful ever operation: the arming of the Afghan resistance to Soviet occupation."
  • "Charlie Wilson's War was a publishing sensation and a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. In the early 1980s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan "freedom fighters" who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders. Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure 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, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand-new foe in the form of radical Islam."@en
  • "In a little over a decade, two events have transformed the world: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of militant Islam. This book is the story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the new jihad. The author tells how 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 band of Afghan 'freedom fighters' who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders, the congressman became passionate about their cause. At a time when Ronald Reagan faced a total cutoff of funding for the Contra war, Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the aid of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrakotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies. Nicknamed 'Dr. Dirty, ' the blue-collar James Bond was an aggressive agent who served on the front lines of the Cold War where he learned how to stretch the Agency's rules to the breaking point."
  • "Describes how, after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson persuaded his colleagues to fund the CIA's efforts to arm the mujahideen and the repercussions of the covert operation."@en
  • "Describes how, after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson persuaded his colleagues to fund the CIA's efforts to arm the mujahideen and recounts the repercussions of that covert operation."@en
  • "Describes how, after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson persuaded his colleagues to fund the CIA's efforts to arm the mujahideen and recounts the repercussions of that covert operation."
  • "This book tells the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the new jihad."
  • "Describes the efforts of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to fund the CIA's efforts to arm the Mujahideen after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the later repercussions of this covert operation."

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  • "Americké příběhy"
  • "History"@en
  • "History"
  • "Biografické příběhy"
  • "American stories"
  • "Electronic books"@en
  • "Biographical stories"

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  • "Charlie Wilson's war : The extraordinary story of the covert operation that changed the history of our times"
  • "Voĭna Charli Uilsona : zakhvatyvai︠u︡shchie neizvestnye podrobnosti i intrigi taĭnoĭ voĭny T︠S︡RU v Afganistane"
  • "Charlie Wilson's War The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History"@en
  • "LA Guerra De Charlie Wilson"
  • "Voĭna Charli Uilsona : zakhvatyvai︠u︡shchie neizvestnye podrobnosti i intrigi taĭnoĭ voĭny T︠S︡RU v Afganistane / Dzhordzh Kraĭl ; per. s angl"
  • "La guerra de Charlie Wilson : la increíble historia de cómo un excéntrico congresista y un pícaro agente de la CIA montaron la más exitosa guerra santa moderna y cambiaron la historia de nuestro tiempo"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of the largest covert operation in history"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of the largest covert operation in history"@en
  • "La guerra de Charlie Wilson : la increíble historia real de cómo un excéntrico congresista y un pícaro agente de la CIA montaron la más exitosa guerra santa moderna y cambiaron la historia de nuestro tiempo"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of the covert operation that changed the history of our times"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war"@en
  • "Charlie Wilson's war"
  • "CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rouge CIA agent changed the history of our times / George Crile"@en
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of the covert operation that changed the history of our times"
  • "Charlie Wilson's War: the extraordinary story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rogue CIA agent changed the history of our times"@en
  • "La guerra de Charlie Wilson la increíble historia real de cómo un excéntrico congresista y un pícaro agente de la CIA montaron la más exitosa guerra santa moderna y cambiaron la historia de nuestro tiempo"@es
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : screenplay"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rouge CIA agent changed the history of our times"
  • "Der Krieg des Charlie Wilson"
  • "Charlie Wilson's War"@en
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : [the extraordinary story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rogue CIA agent changed the history of our times]"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rogue CIA agent changed the history of our times"@en
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of how the wildest man in Congress and a rogue CIA agent changed the history of our times"
  • "Война Чарли Уилсона : захватывающие неизвестные подробности и интриги тайной войны ЦРУ в Афганистане"
  • "Soukromá válka pana Wilsona : strhující příběh neobyčejného kongresmana a odvážného agenta CIA, kteří změnili dějiny"
  • "Charlie Wilson's war : the extraordinary story of the largest covert operation in history--the arming of the Mujahideen"

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