About this book
This account of the secret war to arm the Afghan resistance to Soviet occupation is published to coincide with a new film release starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Two events have transformed the world: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of militant Islam. This book explains the link between these two occurrences. Moving from the secret chambers in CIA headquarters to stand-offs in the Khyber Pass, it is one of the vivid descriptions of CIA operations.