Naval War College Review


Gene Milowicki


A longtime best seller in its tenth printing, this important book received a boost in December 2007 when the popular movie of the same name brought this story—CIA’s secret proxy war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union— to the big screen. Crile’s painstaking account of the complex chain of events and of the powerful personalities that produced the most successful covert war in U.S. history is the result of extensive research, countless interviews, travel, and personal interaction with most of the key characters in this real- life drama.