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The new book of Michael Hastings

Publisher: Blue Rider Press (January 5, 2012)

Michael Hastings is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and author of The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.

General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative, forward-thinking commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. He was better known to some as Big Stan, M4, Stan, and his loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanied by journalist Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone. For days, Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration for what they saw as a lack of leadership. When Hastings’s piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was fired unceremoniously.

In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. He gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and often bitter bureaucratic infighting. Hastings takes us on patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands, to late-night bull sessions of senior military advisors, to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building gone awry. And as he weighs the merits and failings of old-school generals and the so-called COINdinistas-the counterintelligence experts-Hastings draws back the curtain on a hellish complexity and, he fears, an unwinnable war.

PRESS REVIEW :

“The life of a general is something to see, especially when it’’s Stanley McChrystal, America’’s four-star, rock star commander, at the height of his power and panache in Afghanistan. It’’s a hard story to get, and hard to tell it well, but in the hands of Michael Hastings, it’’s a world-class job of reporting and a joy to read.”

(-Richard Ben Cramer, author of What it Takes and Joe DiMaggio )

“The most impact-laden story of the year…written by a perfect specimen of the new breed of journalist-commentator.”

(-Barrett Brown, Vanity Fair )

“An impressive feat of journalism by a Washington outsider who seemed to know more about what was going on in Washington than most insiders did.”

(-Frank Rich, New York Times )

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Michael Hastings is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He regularly covers politics and international affairs for the magazine, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Hastings lives in Vermont.

He started his career at Newsweek magazine in 2002, and was named the magazine’s Baghdad correspondent in 2005. In 2008, he reported on the U.S. presidential elections for Newsweek. His work has appeared in GQ, The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and a number of other publications. In 2011, he was awarded the George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his story in Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General.” In 2010, he was named one of Huffington Post’s Game Changers of the year. In 2009, his story Obama’s War, published in GQ, was selected for the Best American Political Writing 2009 anthology (Public Affairs, 2009). He is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story(Scribner, 2008) and The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan(Little Brown, 2011).

ARTICLE IN RELATION WITH THE BOOK :

The Afghanistan report the Pentagon doesn’t want you to read

Michael Hastings / ROLLING STONE / 2012 02 13 /

Excerpt:

“Rolling Stone has now obtained a full copy of the 84-page unclassified version, which has been making the rounds within the US government, including the White House. We’ve decided to publish it in full; it’s well worth reading for yourself. It is, in my estimation, one of the most significant documents published by an active-duty officer in the past ten years.”

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/323-95/9959-the-afghanistan-report-the-pentagon-doesnt-want-you-to-read

The full report in PDF on

http://www1.rollingstone.com/extras/RS_REPORT.pdf

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