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The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven…

The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New…

by Eric Blehm

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As per the author standards, or so is my impression having read Fearless, this one is right there on the verge of reading like a hagiography of 9/11 American heroes. Not as bad as a Fox News broadcast but deeply suspect of concealing the more obscure parts of the story ... almost everything is way too perfect, with just a couple of characters carrying all the blame when things go wrong. Who knows how things really happened on the ground. ( )
  emed0s | May 24, 2016 |
Fantastic book that gives wonderful insight into what our military troops go through while trying to fight a war. Should be required reading. ( )
  jessicajames | Feb 19, 2016 |
Green Berets help Karzai defeat the Taliban and get blown up by their own people for their trouble ( )
  starodi | May 16, 2013 |
Karzai was brought to power by a little-known group of 12 men. This is their story. These are the guys you want around when things go bad, the kind of men that nations are built upon.
It is also a story of ham-handed bureaucratic mistakes (CIA and Air Force) and a terrible event that killed or maimed many of the men in the picture. ( )
  chriszodrow | Apr 30, 2010 |
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On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Forces team ODA 574 infiltrates the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible mission: to foment a tribal revolt and force the Taliban to surrender. Armed solely with the equipment they can carry on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla warfare, Captain Jason Amerine and his men have no choice but to trust their only ally, a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai who has returned from exile and is being hunted by the Taliban as he travels the countryside raising a militia.

The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy—and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate for the first time a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice, intimately exposing the realities of unconventional warfare and nation-building in Afghanistan that continue to shape the region today.

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The author exposes the realities of unconventional warfare and nation-building in Afghanistan in this chronicle of one of the most important military mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror--ODA 574--wherein a Special Forces team infiltrated the mountains of southern Afghanistan, fomented a tribal revolt, and forced the Taliban to surrender.… (more)

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