[Download] The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan By Michael Hastings

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

By: Michael Hastings
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 12 hours
Release date: Jan 23, 2012
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (24 votes, average: 3.50 out of 5)

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In June 2010, Michael Hastings published an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world: In "The Runaway General," he reported on a week he spent in Europe with General Stanley McChrystal, the revered soldier in charge of the war in Afghanistan.

McChrystal and his staff's unguarded remarks about the White House, our allies and the conduct of the war led President Obama to order McChrystal to the Oval Office, where he was fired unceremoniously. While Hastings' reporting won him a prestigious Polk award and led to two Pentagon investigations, there is much more to his story than the indiscretions of Stanley McChrystal.

In The Operators, Hastings, formerly the Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek, takes the listener behind the diplomatic fa├žades to paint a picture of nation-building gone awry. Hastings also takes us on patrol missions in Afghanistan, where he is embedded with American troops, and witnesses firsthand the madness, horror, and existential contradictions of Afghanistan. The Operators combines the acute reportage of a Sebastian Junger with the mad energy of a Michael Herr-it is the painful, powerful tale of a war that can never and will never be won.
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16 Responses to “[Download] The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan By Michael Hastings”

  1. Leon Osazuwa

    Would you try another book from Michael Hastings and/or Lloyd James?

  2. Michell L.

    different perspective on GWOT
    this was a really interesting perspective on the middle years of americas war on terror with focus on generals McCrystal and Petraeus.

  3. Emma W.

    Hated it!
    Made hate journalists, Rolling Stone, and the media. I love the check a free press is keeping our society open. Then I read (listen) to stuff like this. I hate that I paid for it.

  4. Mr. Bo

    Not shocked
    Since Obama has been in the White House. There has been a blatant level of disdain and cavalier attitude of defiance. This book documents one of the most powerful military leaders and his above attitude.

  5. Chang Schouviller

    An author with an agenda.
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

  6. Steve

    Fairly biased.
    It started out okay but, towards the end the story got very biased. As you learn about the author you also learn how these wars affected him and what is driving that bias.

  7. Jarod Garasha

    Great for the facts, but take with a grain of salt
    The author gives most of the book in a clear and honest manner, but in some (very few) cases he either speculates or let’s his opinion color the truth. All in all, an excellent book.

  8. Angelic L.

    Save your money
    What would have made The Operators better?

  9. Sammie Koszyk

    Warhawk and neocons
    I was left feeling that our government, and our military are like a planet out of orbit. It reaffirmed all my suspicions about manipulation of the media by social engineers. The military culture is a self devouring machine. Betrayal dis honor, I’m disgusted by the whole thing. Bunch of self-serving, self-seeking, megalomaniacs. A bunch of pressed and starched surplus humans.

  10. Manual Carmella

    A great look into today’s wars
    A great look into today’s ears and the actors who are making the decisions that have impacted our lives for generations

  11. Dominic B.

    You can’t get in trouble if you don’t say it
    Would you listen to The Operators again? Why?

  12. Kami Mulanax

    Ever wonder why the military distrust the press?
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Operators to be better than the print version?

  13. Bobbie Hust

    Good stuff, very enjoyable.
    It was well written. It had great facts and is probably one of the reasons he is not with us today.

  14. Whitney Crans

    One of the BEST Books Ever written on AFGHAN War .
    This is one of the Most HONEST, REAL INSIGHT. ….Ever Presented on :
    – HOW the HIGHER Up’s i.e.
    -Whitehouse, Pentagon, the Top General’s and Diplomats played their role , their decision making process and WHAT motivated them to Act like they did -and- WHY…

    Although -I completely DIS-AGREE…With the WaY this Journalist/Author handled….
    -the -Gen. Stanley McChrystal Affair !

    2 Other Books -come to -My mind of
    -Equal Brilliance :
    -WAY OF THE KNIFE -and-

  15. Corey Brause

    A rare glimpse into the inner circle .
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  16. Tashina Cuttitta

    Interesting and thought-provoking perspective.
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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