Steve Coll

Steve Coll is an American journalist, academic, and author. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker, the former president and CEO of New America, and the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Coll is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner; his first was for explanatory journalism in 1990, and his second was for his book 'Ghost Wars,' which covers the history of Afghanistan, the CIA, and Osama bin Laden until September 10, 2001. He has written several other books, including 'The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century' and 'Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.' His work is known for its depth of research and comprehensive analysis of complex subjects.


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  1. 1. Ghost Wars

    "Ghost Wars" is an in-depth exploration of the complex history of Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion in 1979 to just before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The book provides an intricate account of the CIA's role and America's foreign policy in Afghanistan, the rise of the Taliban, and the emergence of Osama Bin Laden. It also details the numerous missed opportunities to capture or kill Bin Laden, and the failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks.

  2. 2. Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    This book provides an in-depth examination of the covert wars conducted by the CIA in Afghanistan and Pakistan, also known as "Directorate S." It offers an analysis of the complex relationships between the CIA, the military, and foreign governments, as well as the political and cultural challenges that shaped the war. The book also explores the consequences of these secret wars, including the rise of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and the impact on U.S. foreign policy.