TEHRAN (IBNA) -- A non-fiction book ‘The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’ (2012) by American journalist Michael Hastings has been published in Persian and is sold in Iranian bookstores.
Tehran-based Sales Publishing has released ‘The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’ in 519 pages based on a Persian translation by Atena Sheikh.
From the author of ‘The Last Magazine’, a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the political firestorm that shook the United States.
In the shadow of the hunt for Bin Laden and the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large.
His loyal staff liked to call him a “rock star.” During a spring 2010 trip, journalist Michael Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration. When Hastings’s article appeared in ‘Rolling Stone’, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was unceremoniously fired.
In ‘The Operators’, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. From patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands to senior military advisors’ late-night bull sessions to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building, Hastings presents a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of what he fears is an unwinnable war.
Written in prose that is at once eye-opening and other times uncannily conversational, readers of ‘No Easy Day’ will take to Hastings’ unyielding first-hand account of the Afghan War and its cast of players.
Kirkus Reviews comments on this work: “As the situation in Afghanistan grows increasingly muddy, [Hasting’s] disciplined adherence to solid journalistic practices and his acute eye for sharp scene-setting makes much of the chaos comprehensible. Hastings has definitely taken up the traditional banner of the intrepid war correspondent, but he’s simultaneously shot it through with iconoclastic holes; the effect is illuminating on many levels.”
Michael Hastings was a contributing editor to ‘Rolling Stone’ and a correspondent at large for BuzzFeed. Before that he worked for ‘Newsweek’, where he rose to prominence covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the recipient of the 2010 George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone magazine story The Runaway General.
Hastings was the author of three books, ‘I Lost My Love in Baghdad’, ‘Panic 2012’, ‘The Operators’, and ‘The Last Magazine’. He died in 2013, and was posthumously honored with the Norman Mailer Award for Emerging Journalist.