“Blehm does another stellar job describing the first Special Ops mission into Afghanistan in 2001. ODA 574's (Green Berets) mission was to locate and bring Hamid Karzai safely through Afghanistan to eventually become their first designated leader. Amerine's team was also shadowed by three to five...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Blehm does another stellar job describing the first Special Ops mission into Afghanistan in 2001. ODA 574's (Green Berets) mission was to locate and bring Hamid Karzai safely through Afghanistan to eventually become their first designated leader. Amerine's team was also shadowed by three to five CIA operatives during these operations. Blehm's chapter Notes and footnotes add clarity for novices of military jargon. Between Rumsfeld giving out classified info on Karzai's location to the press, Amerine's (CPT OIC ODA 574) superiors either second guessing or making decisions that impacted his team in hugely negative ways (the friendly fire at the end of the book is harrowing), and the unwillingness to act (by the Marine Corps officer to execute a rescue mission by his helicopters), this book is well worth your time. If nothing else, a cautionary tale that people who don't know your job, can get in your way with devastating results. Friendly fire was attributed to an error found in a key piece of targeting software/hardware used by one AF NCO who found it defective after the fact and too late to save both American and Afghani guerrillas lives then. Blehm used first person interviews and sources to reconstruct these operations to honor the men who survived and those who did not. Book well worth your time.”RT wrote this review Friday, September 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best and brightest that America has to offer and their story in the opening days of the Afghanistan war.”Vandy Fan wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great read by Blehm!”Brian M. Frazier wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very well written and very interesting account of the initial engagement in Afghanistan. Thank you Eric!”Lucas Skoczkowski wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best books I've ever read. Pulitzer worthy. The writer makes you feel like you are there, witnessing what happened when the US landed their first responders in the war against terror following 9/1/1. Lessons on leadership and bureaucracy, how Kharzi came to power, and how real people willingly and consistently summon up the courage to do what these soldiers do. The book is aptly titled and I highly recommend you read it.”Andy MacLean wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hard to put down”Michael McElmeel wrote this review Tuesday, October 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Well written and adds another chapter to the Special Forces legacy”Michael W wrote this review Saturday, November 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about the 11 green berets that helped get president Karzai (the current president of Afghanistan) get to safety and help the villages that supported him defeat the Taliban. This is a interesting book because it wasn't a very popular news item or anything, and it takes you into the actual story of what happened in the first months of the second war in the middle east. It wasn't only storming the desert, it was helping forge a new country. A combination of action and sadness, this is a great book!”Isaia G wrote this review Monday, October 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When the United States invaded Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11, most of the reporting centered on the CIA's aid to the Northern Alliance. By all accounts, their campaign was a stunning success; they swept the Taliban from northern Afganistan in fairly short order. However. less well known is the effort to defeat the Taliban on their home turf in the southern part of the country. This book is an account of the first Special Forces A-team in that fight.
The team went in hoping to establish a classic guerilla movement behind a charismatic leader who was little known internationally at this point but highly regarded by many Afghans opposing the Taliban: Hamid Karzai. This book follows the team as they hook up with Karzai in Pakistan, infiltrate into Afghanistan near Kandahar, and attempt to organize a fighting force to move on Kandahar. There is plenty of excitement, some humor, heroism, and more than enough tragedy. The reader (at least THIS reader) is left with a deep admiration for the superb training and quality of the men in the Special Forces.
A good read!
An exciting and thought-provoking account”