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The Operators - The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan

Michael Hastings

In June 2010, Michael Hastings published an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world: In "The Runaway General," he reported on a week he spent in Europe with General Stanley McChrystal, the revered soldier in charge of the war in Afghanistan. McChrystal and his staff's unguarded remarks about the White House, our allies and the conduct of the war led President Obama to order McChrystal to the Oval Office, where he was fired unceremoniously. While Hastings' reporting won him a prestigious Polk award and led to two Pentagon investigations, there is much more to his story than the indiscretions of Stanley McChrystal. In The Operators, Hastings, formerly the Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek, takes the listener behind the diplomatic façades to paint a picture of nation-building gone awry. Hastings also takes us on patrol missions in Afghanistan, where he is embedded with American troops, and witnesses firsthand the madness, horror, and existential contradictions of Afghanistan. The Operators combines the acute reportage of a Sebastian Junger with the mad energy of a Michael Herr-it is the painful, powerful tale of a war that can never and will never be won.

In June 2010, Michael Hastings published an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world: In "The Runaway General," he reported on a week he spent in Europe with General Stanley McChrystal, the revered soldier in charge of the war in Afghanistan. McChrystal and his staff's unguarded remarks about the White House, our allies and the conduct of the war led President Obama to order McChrystal to the Oval Office, where he was fired unceremoniously. While Hastings' reporting won him a prestigious Polk award and led to two Pentagon investigations, there is much more to his story than the indiscretions of Stanley McChrystal. In The Operators, Hastings, formerly the Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek, takes the listener behind the diplomatic façades to paint a picture of nation-building gone awry. Hastings also takes us on patrol missions in Afghanistan, where he is embedded with American troops, and witnesses firsthand the madness, horror, and existential contradictions of Afghanistan. The Operators combines the acute reportage of a Sebastian Junger with the mad energy of a Michael Herr-it is the painful, powerful tale of a war that can never and will never be won.
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In June 2010, Michael Hastings published an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world: In "The Runaway General," he reported on a week he spent in Europe with General Stanley McChrystal, the revered soldier in charge of the war in Afghanistan. McChrystal and his staff's unguarded remarks about the White House, our allies and the conduct of the war led President Obama to order McChrystal to the Oval Office, where he was fired unceremoniously. While Hastings' reporting won him a prestigious Polk award and led to two Pentagon investigations, there is much more to his story than the indiscretions of Stanley McChrystal. In The Operators, Hastings, formerly the Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek, takes the listener behind the diplomatic façades to paint a picture of nation-building gone awry. Hastings also takes us on patrol missions in Afghanistan, where he is embedded with American troops, and witnesses firsthand the madness, horror, and existential contradictions of Afghanistan. The Operators combines the acute reportage of a Sebastian Junger with the mad energy of a Michael Herr-it is the painful, powerful tale of a war that can never and will never be won.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lloyd James

Length:

12h 22m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:51


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

04:49


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

12:24


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:28


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

11:47


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

17:06


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

16:04


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

09:20


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

10:41


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

08:03


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

07:20


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

15:32


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

10:04


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

12:46


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

14:10


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

16:11


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

12:16


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

02:02


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

12:59


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

16:11


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

10:42


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

15:39


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

17:35


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

17:24


Part 1, Chapter 24
Part 1, Chapter 24

08:07


Part 1, Chapter 25
Part 1, Chapter 25

09:41


Part 1, Chapter 26
Part 1, Chapter 26

12:41


Part 1, Chapter 27
Part 1, Chapter 27

10:24


Part 1, Chapter 28
Part 1, Chapter 28

10:43


Part 1, Chapter 29
Part 1, Chapter 29

10:21


Part 2
Part 2

30:01


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

20:39


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

35:49


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

12:29


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

03:33


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

09:59


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

28:09


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

22:59


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

20:26


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

16:43


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

10:53


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

43:04


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

22:34


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

08:12


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

05:06


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

11:07


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

17:48


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

13:03


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

06:49


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

13:28


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

18:22


Part 4, Chapter 50
Part 4, Chapter 50

17:00


Part 4, Chapter 51
Part 4, Chapter 51

08:31


Part 4, Chapter 52
Part 4, Chapter 52

00:27