Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars, bestselling author Steve Coll tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11 Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in A Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars, bestselling author Steve Coll tells for the first ...

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Title:Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Author:Steve Coll
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ISBN:B073NNYGWY
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Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    Feb 06, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

  • Martin
    Feb 20, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

  • Suzanne Auckerman
    Apr 16, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

  • Khalid Khan
    Mar 08, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

  • Karen
    Mar 11, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

  • Stephen Morrissey
    Apr 11, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

  • Syed
    Apr 05, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

  • Ron Smith
    Feb 27, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

  • Jerome
    Apr 06, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

  • Steve
    Mar 22, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

    This is a sequel to Ghost Wars but can be read even without reading Ghost Wars. Still, I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read Ghost Wars to go back and read it before starting this one. This book will then make a hundred times more sense. It starts with the death of Ahmed Sh...

    Just as Ghost Wars was a superb account of the events that lead to 9/11 this is an excellent account of how the conflict in Afghanistan has evolved and grown in the 15 years that are covered in this volume. For anyone who wants a detailed narrative of the flow of this conflict, I canno...

    Alternately frustrating, infuriating, and heartbreaking, this book is an excellent comprehensive guide to what the US has been doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11. Two 2-term presidents without a clear vision of what we were trying to accomplish, competition from different age...

  • Murtaza
    Jan 02, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

  • Peter Podbielski
    Feb 15, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

    This is a sequel to Ghost Wars but can be read even without reading Ghost Wars. Still, I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read Ghost Wars to go back and read it before starting this one. This book will then make a hundred times more sense. It starts with the death of Ahmed Sh...

    Just as Ghost Wars was a superb account of the events that lead to 9/11 this is an excellent account of how the conflict in Afghanistan has evolved and grown in the 15 years that are covered in this volume. For anyone who wants a detailed narrative of the flow of this conflict, I canno...

    Alternately frustrating, infuriating, and heartbreaking, this book is an excellent comprehensive guide to what the US has been doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11. Two 2-term presidents without a clear vision of what we were trying to accomplish, competition from different age...

    Steve Coll's most disturbing book. The narrative is Afghanistan, however, the underlying theme is a story of limits of American power and mismatched means and ends. The U.S., "rich, technologically advanced, and often ably staffed, [with a] foreign policy, intelligence, and military ma...

  • Matthew Griffiths
    Apr 02, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

    This is a sequel to Ghost Wars but can be read even without reading Ghost Wars. Still, I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read Ghost Wars to go back and read it before starting this one. This book will then make a hundred times more sense. It starts with the death of Ahmed Sh...

    Just as Ghost Wars was a superb account of the events that lead to 9/11 this is an excellent account of how the conflict in Afghanistan has evolved and grown in the 15 years that are covered in this volume. For anyone who wants a detailed narrative of the flow of this conflict, I canno...

  • Steven Z.
    Feb 24, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

  • Stephen Yoder
    Dec 11, 2017

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

  • Jared
    Mar 19, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

  • Adil Ehsan
    Mar 06, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

  • Uptownbookwormnyc
    Mar 06, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

  • Andrew Tollemache
    Mar 12, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

    This is a sequel to Ghost Wars but can be read even without reading Ghost Wars. Still, I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read Ghost Wars to go back and read it before starting this one. This book will then make a hundred times more sense. It starts with the death of Ahmed Sh...

    Just as Ghost Wars was a superb account of the events that lead to 9/11 this is an excellent account of how the conflict in Afghanistan has evolved and grown in the 15 years that are covered in this volume. For anyone who wants a detailed narrative of the flow of this conflict, I canno...

    Alternately frustrating, infuriating, and heartbreaking, this book is an excellent comprehensive guide to what the US has been doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11. Two 2-term presidents without a clear vision of what we were trying to accomplish, competition from different age...

    Steve Coll's most disturbing book. The narrative is Afghanistan, however, the underlying theme is a story of limits of American power and mismatched means and ends. The U.S., "rich, technologically advanced, and often ably staffed, [with a] foreign policy, intelligence, and military ma...

    Once again a solid work by Steve Coll that takes place right where his "Ghost Wars" left off on the eve of 9/11. The book focuses on the tangled web of conflicting interests and plots among the US military/CIA, the Afghan govt (and all its ethnic factions) and the Pakistani state, whi...

  • Mubeen Irfan
    Feb 20, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

    This is a sequel to Ghost Wars but can be read even without reading Ghost Wars. Still, I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read Ghost Wars to go back and read it before starting this one. This book will then make a hundred times more sense. It starts with the death of Ahmed Sh...

  • William J.
    Apr 17, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

  • John
    Mar 25, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

  • Marcus
    Apr 13, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

  • G Marks
    Mar 27, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

  • Devin Croft
    Apr 08, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Apr 08, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

  • Chuck
    Apr 05, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

  • Miles Kwiatek
    Feb 25, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

  • Jesse Levinson
    Mar 26, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

    This is a sequel to Ghost Wars but can be read even without reading Ghost Wars. Still, I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read Ghost Wars to go back and read it before starting this one. This book will then make a hundred times more sense. It starts with the death of Ahmed Sh...

    Just as Ghost Wars was a superb account of the events that lead to 9/11 this is an excellent account of how the conflict in Afghanistan has evolved and grown in the 15 years that are covered in this volume. For anyone who wants a detailed narrative of the flow of this conflict, I canno...

    Alternately frustrating, infuriating, and heartbreaking, this book is an excellent comprehensive guide to what the US has been doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11. Two 2-term presidents without a clear vision of what we were trying to accomplish, competition from different age...

    Steve Coll's most disturbing book. The narrative is Afghanistan, however, the underlying theme is a story of limits of American power and mismatched means and ends. The U.S., "rich, technologically advanced, and often ably staffed, [with a] foreign policy, intelligence, and military ma...

    Once again a solid work by Steve Coll that takes place right where his "Ghost Wars" left off on the eve of 9/11. The book focuses on the tangled web of conflicting interests and plots among the US military/CIA, the Afghan govt (and all its ethnic factions) and the Pakistani state, whi...

    I was massively disappointed by the book, owing to the fact that it doesn't provide any new information about the agency it is named after. It does a good job of summarizing the second Afghan war(2001-till date) and what the Afghan and American sides were thinking. There are far better...

    As alway from Steve Call, the book is an engaging and enjoyable read, which picks up where ?Ghost Wars? ended. More importantly, the book is an indictment of U. S. policy. He details how American political, military, intelligence, and political elites never agreed on what they want...

  • Abdul
    Mar 28, 2018

    Directorate S is the gripping sequel to Steve Coll's Pulitzer winning Ghost Wars about the longest war in American history - the war in Afghanistan. The first book stopped on 10 September 2001 whereas this book picks up right as the World Trade Center towers are struck and chaos erupts...

    Reading Ghost Wars many years ago provided a great background education on the history of the U.S. War on Terror. This book is billed as a continuation of that history, focused primarily on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan that began in 2001. Directorate S aims to be a definit...

    In 2004 Steve Coll earned his second Pulitzer Prize for GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001. The book provided a reliable analytical approach as it explained what led to al-Qaeda?s rise amidst Afghanista...

    Wow. The scope of this book is simply impressive. It covers 15 years, several nations, a wide scope of characters, many government agencies, leaders that come & go, and so many covert actions from all sides. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I don't anticipate ever visiting Afghanist...

    Ugh, I'm finally finished with this book. 2 stars feels too harsh for such an epic effort but I also don't think it really deserves 3 full stars. At nearly 700 pages spanning 15 years, I feel the book lost the forest for the trees to some degree. Jam-packed with names & persona...

    A vivid, well-researched and painful history of US involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2001 to 2016, picking up where Coll left off in Ghost Wars. Much of the story is built around CIA?s relationship with ISI, but Coll clearly describes the policy decisions made and imple...

    Long and detailed, but a fascinating read. ...

    Why is US still in Afghanistan, Pakistan ...

    A good book, but not nearly as compelling as Ghost Wars. It can feel episodic or even scattered due to scope of what it's trying to cover, but its disparate chapters are frequently engaging and powerful. Some of it does get a bit dry. Some versions of the book's cover & subtitle...

    Praise must be given to the author for a thoroughly researched and well-written book, in which the development of the book may have incurred some personal danger in the lands he went to and wrote. I have not read his previous book on this subject, entitled Ghost Wars, so my one sugg...

    Afghan poetry says that: ?Whenever there is trouble in Afghanistan, there is trouble in all of Asia.? PURPOSE OF BOOK - Directorate S seeks to provide a thorough, reliable history of how the C.I.A., I.S.I., and Afghan intelligence agencies influenced the rise of a new war in Af...

    In the second half of Steve Coll's excellent reportage on America's Afghanistan entanglement, he begins to interweave journal entries from a second lieutenant. After the young American arrives in country, his entries quickly turn from nervous anticipation to disillusionment as he exper...

    All of the muck, muddled decision-making, and delusions that have culminated in the Afghanistan War, and the larger problems of the AfPak region, are seamlessly folded within Steve Coll's "Directorate S." In the tradition of the war reporting of Halberstam and Sheehan during the Vietna...

    Very well written and really shed a light on the difficult tri-patriate of Afghan-US-Pak relations, though its still 60% US perspective/history, 30% Afgan and only 10% Pakistan despite the title whcih implies a stronger Pakistan focus. I also found the history suprisingly well balanced...

    Journalist Steve Coll's Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 was sublime journalism, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. It documented the rise of Islamist radicalism and U.S. intelligence agencies' involv...

    Lieutenant General Doug Lute appointed by President Obama to coordinate the war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq put together a PowerPoint presentation about Afghanistan, "...titled "Ten Wars, " referring to what his final count had determined were ten distinctly commanded militar...

    Directorate S is a book, yes, but if I were to try and find a more accurate word to describe it, I'd probably have to settle on "tome". It's extremely long, very detailed (with a five-page dramatis personae), and monolithic in its scope. Of course, any book describing the better part o...

    I was really interested in this book when I looked at the title - Directorate S. This book would reveal how Directorate S in Pakistan's ISI managed to undermine the whole Afghan war with a fraction of resources available to the large ISAF Army sent to rebuild and make Afghanistan terro...

    Coll has already won two Pulitzers for his previous work, including "Ghost Wars" which can be considered a prequel to this book. Directorate S refers to the division Pakistan's ISI that is responsible for supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The book does a good job of laying out the...

    This is one behemoth of a book! I love political history and this book is filled with it. It is the inside story of the U.S. involvement in the Afghan-Pakistan war, covering the years since the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center/Pentagon, up to 2017. I had heard a terrific recent in...

    Meticulously detailed account of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. Unlike getting your information about this long and convoluted campaign in short bits from conventional media, this book provides you with a comprehensive description, assessment, and analysis of th...

    A must read for those, who wants to understand, the dynamics played in Afghan war. It's not surprising to learn, how inefficient and bureaucratic laden, American war machine is. Through out the book it was evident that, though America doesn't have any tangible proof against Pakista...

    It took a while to read this book. There are many people to track, US, GB, Afghanistan, Pakistan mainly. Also, I had to go back and check the map of Afghanistan for some areas. While I never got to the provinces of Helmand, Herat, and Kandahar (tried and we could not get anyone to take...

    This is a sequel to Ghost Wars but can be read even without reading Ghost Wars. Still, I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn't read Ghost Wars to go back and read it before starting this one. This book will then make a hundred times more sense. It starts with the death of Ahmed Sh...

    Just as Ghost Wars was a superb account of the events that lead to 9/11 this is an excellent account of how the conflict in Afghanistan has evolved and grown in the 15 years that are covered in this volume. For anyone who wants a detailed narrative of the flow of this conflict, I canno...

    Alternately frustrating, infuriating, and heartbreaking, this book is an excellent comprehensive guide to what the US has been doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11. Two 2-term presidents without a clear vision of what we were trying to accomplish, competition from different age...

    Steve Coll's most disturbing book. The narrative is Afghanistan, however, the underlying theme is a story of limits of American power and mismatched means and ends. The U.S., "rich, technologically advanced, and often ably staffed, [with a] foreign policy, intelligence, and military ma...

    Once again a solid work by Steve Coll that takes place right where his "Ghost Wars" left off on the eve of 9/11. The book focuses on the tangled web of conflicting interests and plots among the US military/CIA, the Afghan govt (and all its ethnic factions) and the Pakistani state, whi...

    I was massively disappointed by the book, owing to the fact that it doesn't provide any new information about the agency it is named after. It does a good job of summarizing the second Afghan war(2001-till date) and what the Afghan and American sides were thinking. There are far better...