Jerjonji's Reviews > Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times

Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile
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Nov 07, 2011

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Why are we where we are today in Afghanistan? Part of the answer to that question is found in this story of a man who decided to take action when no one else would. Bigger than life, bigger than even the movie based on this book, Charlie Wilson took on Communist Russia and brought it to its knees over a secret war in a small country. Everyone knew the tribesmen couldn't win against Russia's tanks and helicopters, and Charlie Wilson decided to even the odds, shaping the politics and a country for our future. He didn't stop to think about the consequences of his actions, but I'm not sure he would have done anything different if he'd known them. It was an important read for me, giving me a solid background into a conflict that has the potential of affecting the USA the way it did the USSR. Being a politican is a lot like being God, except you don't have God's foresight. And I wonder if today's politics are different from the years Wilson was in office. I hope so.

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