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Author Crile, George.

Title Charlie wilson's war : The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History / George Crile.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2007.


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 Manchester - Downloadable Materials  OverDrive Ebook    Downloadable
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Summary Charlie Wilson's War was a publishing sensation and a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. In the early 1980s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan "freedom fighters" who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders. Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies. Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agency's rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers' conventions, to the Khyber Pass,...
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. New York : Grove Press, Black Cat, 2007. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 4415 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB).
Note GMD: electronic resource.
Subject Nonfiction.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Original 9780802141248
ISBN 9781555848095 (electronic bk)
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