Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer,Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll tells the,secret history of the CIA's role in Afghanistanfrom its covert programme against Soviet troops,from 1979-89, to the rise of the Taliban and the,emergence of bin Laden, to the secret efforts vy,CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill,bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998. Based on,extensive firsthand accounts, Ghost Wars is the,inside story that goes well beyond anything,previously published on US involvement in,Afghanistan.

Provides an overview of CIA and other covert operations in Afghanistan, from the Soviet invasion in 1979 through the summer of 2001, detailing efforts to capture or kill bin Laden and the failure to stop the events of September 11th.