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I realize that for many just hearing the letters "C-I-A" can be anathema ;), but the following two books, one written by the agent leading the team and the other by a Washington Post reporter, are really quite good and perhaps tell us of opportunities lost: First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan by Gary C. Schroen Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll (since its first publication updated and expanded) And: A Pocket Guide to Afghanistan, published by the US State Dept in 1946. It's available as a free pdf download: www.whs.mil/library/afgh.pdf This little publication has information that is still useful today, and the opening sentence is worth quoting, "To most Americans Afghanistan is almost unknown." Hope these titles might be of some use. v/r MC //Signed// MariaChristina C. Mairena, Ph.D. Command Historian Family and MWR Command "Mairena, Maria Christina C CIV USA IMCOM FMWRC" <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----