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The Operators The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of Stanley McChrystal's War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings

The Operators The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of Stanley McChrystal's War in Afghanistan

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In the tradition of Catch-22, Primary Colors or Apocalypse Now, this landmark book reveals the craziness behind the scenes at the highest level. But it's all true. A landmark piece of reporting.

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The Operators The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of Stanley McChrystal's War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings

On April 16th 2010, Michael Hastings spent the night in Kitty O'Shea's Irish pub in Paris with General Stanley McChrystal and his handpicked inner circle. By midnight they were all three sheets to the wind, linking arms and chanting 'Afghanistan!' at the top of their lungs. It was day two of what would turn out to be an extraordinary month. Soon after Hastings flew to Afghanistan with McChrystal. Over the weeks that followed he was privy to everything the General and his team did and saw, including unguarded opinions of the President, of General Petraeus, of Hamid Karzai. 'The Runaway General' piece in Rolling Stone that caused a sensation around the world and led directly to McChrystal's dismissal.


The life of a general is something to see, especially when it''s Stanley McChrystal, America''s four-star, rock star commander, at the height of his power and panache in Afghanistan. It''s a hard story to get, and hard to tell it well, but in the hands of Michael Hastings, it''s a world-class job of reporting and a joy to read.

About the Author

Michael Hastings was NEWSWEEK's Baghdad Correspondent. 'The Runaway General' was his first story for ROLLING STONE. He's thirty years old.

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8th December 2012


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Swordfish an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


352 pages


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