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First in: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

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While America held its breath in the days immediately following 9/11, a small but determined group of CIA agents covertly began to change history. This is the riveting first-person account of the treacherous top-secret mission inside Afghanistan to set the stage for the defeat of the Taliban and launch the war on terror.

As thrilling as any novel, First In is a uniquely intimate look at a mission that began the U.S. retaliation against terrorism — and reclaimed the country of Afghanistan for its people.

Review:

"Just days from retirement, Schroen, a former CIA station chief in Pakistan, was tapped to lead the effort to establish contact with the Northern Alliance in the days following 9/11; the 35-year CIA veteran commanded the first American team on the ground in Afghanistan. At the proverbial tip of the spear, the team slipped into the country and made contact with the Northern Alliance (a loose confederation of Afghan warlords that had been fighting the Taliban government and their al-Qaeda allies), secured their cooperation and set the stage for the deployment of Special Forces teams into Afghanistan. Schroen tells the story crisply and with intimate detail, taking readers on a journey that lurches from harrowing through exhilarating to frustrating — particularly in the realm of communications. 'Sitting in the Panjshir Valley,' the author glumly concludes, 'I seemed to be shouting down a deep, dark hole' at brass thousands of miles away. Events eventually outran the policymakers, however, when a Northern Alliance general finally lost his patience and announced to his CIA contact, 'I am going into Kabul regardless of what your NSC decides.' Schroen delivers what he advertises: a powerful account that takes the reader inside war councils and 19th-century-style cavalry charges in the months just after 9/11." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A real-life ground-truth account of CIA human intelligence operations that were incredibly successful. The country owes Gary and his comrades, who almost single-handedly won the first phase of the war in Afghanistan. Told with the nitty-gritty detail by the leader who was there — real and compelling." Bob Woodward, author of Bush at War and Plan of Attack

Review:

"First In adds yet another enthralling chapter to the endless martial history of Afghanistan. My old colleague Gary Schroen tells his forceful story with the sharpened senses that come only from years of living in the long shadows of the Khyber Pass. You can almost smell the cordite and the chapattis! A terrific yarn about a sad and storied land." Milt Bearden, author of The Black Tulip and co-author of The Main Enemy

Review:

"I have read books by army officers who fought in wars past, but never one so true and thorough from a frontline intelligence officer, especially one involved in such an important episode in American history. This is really a grand achievement." Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars

Review:

"Schroen offers a first-person account of the intricacies of American politics and military operations...[He]looksback on the mission--its successes and failures...and acknowledges the continued challenges in the region." Vanessa Bush, Booklist

Review:

"[A] stunning book — both an essential document about the strange and oft-forgotten war against the Taliban, a withering policy critique and a proud memoir from an aging man who risked life and limb..." Washington Post

About the Author

Gary C. Schroen has served in the CIA for thirty-five years, much of his career focusing on the Middle East, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. His honors include the Intelligence Cross, the highest award given by the CIA. He lives in Reno, Nevada, with his wife, Betsy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780891418757
Author:
Schroen, Gary C
Publisher:
Presidio Press
Author:
Schroen, Gary
Author:
Gary C. Schroen
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Afghan War, 2001-
Subject:
Military - Persian Gulf War
Subject:
Military-Espionage
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
afghanistan;cia;war on terror;history;intelligence;war;military history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1/8-PAGE B/W INSERT
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
8.18x5.62x.91 in. .70 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Military » Afghanistan
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History and Social Science » World History » Afghanistan and Pakistan

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Just days from retirement, Schroen, a former CIA station chief in Pakistan, was tapped to lead the effort to establish contact with the Northern Alliance in the days following 9/11; the 35-year CIA veteran commanded the first American team on the ground in Afghanistan. At the proverbial tip of the spear, the team slipped into the country and made contact with the Northern Alliance (a loose confederation of Afghan warlords that had been fighting the Taliban government and their al-Qaeda allies), secured their cooperation and set the stage for the deployment of Special Forces teams into Afghanistan. Schroen tells the story crisply and with intimate detail, taking readers on a journey that lurches from harrowing through exhilarating to frustrating — particularly in the realm of communications. 'Sitting in the Panjshir Valley,' the author glumly concludes, 'I seemed to be shouting down a deep, dark hole' at brass thousands of miles away. Events eventually outran the policymakers, however, when a Northern Alliance general finally lost his patience and announced to his CIA contact, 'I am going into Kabul regardless of what your NSC decides.' Schroen delivers what he advertises: a powerful account that takes the reader inside war councils and 19th-century-style cavalry charges in the months just after 9/11." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A real-life ground-truth account of CIA human intelligence operations that were incredibly successful. The country owes Gary and his comrades, who almost single-handedly won the first phase of the war in Afghanistan. Told with the nitty-gritty detail by the leader who was there — real and compelling."
"Review" by , "First In adds yet another enthralling chapter to the endless martial history of Afghanistan. My old colleague Gary Schroen tells his forceful story with the sharpened senses that come only from years of living in the long shadows of the Khyber Pass. You can almost smell the cordite and the chapattis! A terrific yarn about a sad and storied land."
"Review" by , "I have read books by army officers who fought in wars past, but never one so true and thorough from a frontline intelligence officer, especially one involved in such an important episode in American history. This is really a grand achievement."
"Review" by , "Schroen offers a first-person account of the intricacies of American politics and military operations...[He]looksback on the mission--its successes and failures...and acknowledges the continued challenges in the region."
"Review" by , "[A] stunning book — both an essential document about the strange and oft-forgotten war against the Taliban, a withering policy critique and a proud memoir from an aging man who risked life and limb..."
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