Charlie Wilsons War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of our Times by George CrileCharlie Wilsons War was a publishing sensation and a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. In the early 1980s, a Houston socialite turned the attention of maverick Texas congressman Charlie Wilson to the ragged band of Afghan freedom fighters who continued, despite overwhelming odds, to fight the Soviet invaders. Wilson, who sat on the all-powerful House Appropriations Committee, managed to procure hundreds of millions of dollars to support the mujahideen. The arms were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an out-of-favor CIA operative, Gust Avrokotos, whose working-class Greek-American background made him an anomaly among the Ivy League world of American spies. Avrakotos handpicked a staff of CIA outcasts to run his operation and, with their help, continually stretched the Agencys rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of the Capitol, to secret chambers at Langley, to arms-dealers conventions, to the Khyber Pass, this book presents an astonishing chapter of our recent past, and the key to understanding what helped trigger the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union and ultimately led to the emergence of a brand-new foe in the form of radical Islam.
Charlie Wilson's War bonus clip - Tom Hanks Who is Charlie Wilson? OFFICIAL HD VIIDEO
Data Protection Choices
Charlie Wilson's War is a American biographical comedy-drama film , based on the story of U. In , Congressman Charlie Wilson is more interested in partying than legislating, frequently throwing huge galas and staffing his congressional office with young, attractive women. His social life eventually brings about a federal investigation into allegations of his cocaine use, conducted by federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani as part of a larger investigation into congressional misconduct. The investigation results in no charge against Wilson. A friend and romantic interest, Joanne Herring , encourages Charlie to do more to help the Afghan people , and persuades him to visit the Pakistani leadership.
Share your thoughts and debate the big issues
Forgot your password? Don't have an account?
T o paraphrase Ronald Reagan's immortal words: there they go again. Another deeply muddled, fence-sitting, obtuse Hollywood picture about American politics, excruciatingly unsure whether to crack wise satirically, or go into a glassy-eyed patriotic celebration. It's a comedy, but with a persistent ring of phoniness and unfunniness. And Julia Roberts gives the worst performance of her career: humourless and semi-intentionally grotesque in the role of Joanne Herring, a rightwing political hostess. Clearly, we're all supposed to find the feisty Texan gal irresistible, but her triangular face has all the charm of a unfed pitbull, an impression strengthened when, with deadly seriousness, she awards herself a getting-out-of-the-pool-in-a-bikini scene just in case we weren't sure that she was still attractive.