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“A simply stunning story of both the good and the bad. Marine Dakota Meyer is a Corporal who is part of a unit and team of advisers who are in Afghanistan to train Afghan infantry. They are apprehensive at first and through some hard times that they share they become close. Meyer, being the one...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Great book about the most dangerous gunfight in Afghanistan -- two medal of honor winners!!”Big Ol' Bee wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer tells what happend in the battle of Ganjigal. Amazing story. ”Annie P wrote this review Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Twenty-one year old Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer (who is sniper trained) recounts a devastating battle in the enclave of Ganjigal for which he is eventually the recipient of the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award for valor in combat. Ambushed by Taliban who fight the battle from inside the enclave of Ganjigal forcing his small team of advisors and Afghani forces to defend themselves against superior forces. Once again the failure of superiors second guessing calls for air support by this brave team are left unheeded leading to the loss of all but two of his team and many of the Afghani fighters. This is the third book I've read where troops on the ground are not believed by superiors responsible for sending much needed air support/artillery. No wonder superior troops like Meyer leave the military in droves. Meyer does not mince his words and shows us what it takes to be a true leader of men by taking the initiative and not waiting for superiors in garrison to make a decision. He did the right things when the situation demanded it. In the chapter Postscript: Swenson, he pleads the case of an MOH for Army CPT Swenson whom he believes deserved it, but due to Army bureaucracy did not receive it. He attributes Swenson to calling in many air support missions (which eventually were authorized) and saving his life. On the Good News front, on a recent NBC news report (091713), it was announced CPT Swenson will receive his MOH in October 2013. Book well worth your time.”RT wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Captivating story of the human condition. ”Gracie's Book Picks wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great story with great writing and an amazing perspective of battle”Charlie wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Listened to this book on CD. Moves quickly and gives a detailed account of a mission that falls apart rapidly. Dakota was separated from his unit prior to the start of the mission and then became determined to find them when the chaos started. Unfortunately, there were serious flaws in the command and control element, and tragedy occurred. Overall, a well told story with significant insights.”Blaine Strickland wrote this review Tuesday, April 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a very good account of some of the tense activity most soldiers in a war time situation encounter. told so the reader getting an idea of what our brave soldiers must go through being involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. the only tihing i did not like were all the abbreviations and acronymns soldiers use leaving the reader sometimes confused.”thomas p wrote this review Friday, March 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A simply stunning story of both the good and the bad. Marine Dakota Meyer is a Corporal who is part of a unit and team of advisers who are in Afghanistan to train Afghan infantry. They are apprehensive at first and through some hard times that they share they become close. Meyer, being the one with the most weapons knowledge is a great asset and teacher to the rest of the team. In my opinion he demonstrates the very qualities of leadership, honor and courage that every Marine strives for.
The story unfolds into the climax at the Battle of Ganjigal - an unnecessary loss in which these advisers (minus Meyer at the time of departure) and their Afghan Army have to knowingly walk into an expected ambush and were cut down. Meyer's bravery is intense as he disobeys a direct order to not go after his team. This team of advisers is not helped by the fact that there are a bunch of soldiers who are remotely commanding the battle and because of 'rules of engagement,' prevent this team of advisers and the Afghans they are training to be rescued.
A great read for anyone who wants to understand, through the eyes of a Medal of Honor winner, what the fog of war can be like. I find it almost ironic that I used the term 'winner,' as Meyer would much rather not have had to earn the MOH, and he wishes that things would have turned out differently.
This book is co-authored by Bing West, another famous and battle hardened combat veteran who is well schooled in American military history and strategy.
A great read for all.
“Fast moving story of a young Marine who saved dozens and was awarded the Medal of Honor. ”Brian M. Frazier wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No