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What are some books about the history of the Afghanistan War?

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Some books about the history of the Afghanistan War include "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001," and "Charlie Wilson's War - The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History. Another book about the Afghanistan War is "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11."

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Steve Coll wrote "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. Coll won the Pulitzer Prize for the book. Published in 2004, the book documents the rise of the Taliban and includes information about the CIA's attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden in 1998.

George Crile wrote "Charlie Wilson's War - The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History." The book discusses the United States' role in the rise of the Taliban. The book claims that Afghanistan was the location of a proxy war between the United States and the USSR. The book discusses the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of radical Islam.

"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," written by Lawrence Wright, spans the five decades leading up to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The book covers the emerging dangers of Al Queda in the 1990s and the failure of intelligence agencies to appropriately respond to Islamic extremism.

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