01/23/2012 11:45 am ET Updated Mar 24, 2012

Why Michael Hastings' Afghanistan Book Was Dropped By His Publisher

The irony is that Kantor's publisher, Little, Brown, which had originally inked a deal for The Operators, dropped Hastings' book last summer because it feared the tome was too controversial, according to Hastings.
"The book terrified them--literally," he said. "One email from the editor said he and the publisher were terrified after reading it. I was like, shit man, the subtitle of the book is that it's a 'wild and terrifying story.' But clearly, the book made them very uncomfortable--from the language I used to the views expressed about the Pentagon. I didn't want to compromise my vision for the book."

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