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Lawrence of Arabia meets Sebastian Junger's War in this unique, incendiary, and dramatic true story of heroism and heartbreak in Afghanistan written by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated war correspondent.
Some have called him "Lawrence of Afghanistan". To the Pashtun tribesmen he is "Commander Jim", leader of the "bearded ones". He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, one of the most charismatic and controversial U.S. commanders of modern memory, a man who changed the face of America's war in Afghanistan when his critical white paper, "One Tribe at a Time", went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and on Capitol Hill in 2009.
A decorated Green Beret who had spent years training indigenous fighters, Jim argued for embedding autonomous units with tribes across Afghanistan: These American soldiers would live among Afghans for extended periods, not only to train and equip tribal militias, but to fight - and even die - alongside them in battle. He argued that we could earn the trust of the Afghans and transform them into a reliable ally with whom we could defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda networks. The military's top brass, including General David Petraeus, then commander of U.S. Central Command and overseeing the war in Afghanistan, and Admiral Eric Olson, head of Special Operations Command, approved the plan and gave Jim the go-ahead to embark on the mission.
p>A war story like no other, an unprecedented account of a warrior who took up the cause of villagers as if it were his own, and of a woman on the front lines of a distant war, American Spartan is an unforgettable tale - and one of the most remarkable and emotionally resonant narratives of war ever published.
©2014 Ann Scott Tyson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Hunter on 07-17-14


This is coming from a guy who was in the Army and my father retired from the Army. Major Gant was a soldiers soldier, the type of gung ho officer everyone wanted. After reading this book I'm ashamed that the top brass let this happen!! Did Major Gant break some Army regs.? YES!! Has most every solider in the Army done the same? YES!!! Jim Gant is a true Spartan. He got the job done and never lost a man down range and that is the stuff the Army can't take away. Major Gant's legend will grow and it should. I think Jim did turn tribal but that is what he was asked to do.Taking Ann Scott in was over the top but the heart wants what the heart wants. Drinking beer on christmas and you loose your rank? I was in Kuwait and alcohol and more was available while I was deployed. Everyone who has served in the military world knows Major Jim Gant was shafted. Its sad but Jim Gant can watch my six anytime!!!! One article 15 can't take away what you did for this country. Thanks for all you have done and your service!!!! Major Jim Gant makes me proud to say I was in the Army!!!! Hooah!!!

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By J.A.Vess on 01-15-18

A Warrior in Modern Day

This book is the epitome of the looking glass into the unconventional approach to modern warfare, and a Warrior's word to serve his country and the people who need his help the most. The story is of hope, love, betrayal, and demise, but packed full of life and leadership lessons throughout.

The narrators give an amazing performance, the story is well written and easy to follow as it jumps back into time with recalling past events. Excellent account of the way forward to progress the relationships with the Afghan people, and the military leaders who thwarted and stalled its progress.

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By Justin on 02-19-17

a warrior true n true

this is a story of a legand n a betrayal.
soemting we see often..
the greed of higer appointments. is someting that is everywere.
thx for the time.. put into writing this book.
if the listeners is lloking for an action book. this isnt it.but if the listener is looking ofr the skills
of war n negotiations.. this is a good guide book

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By Simon on 08-03-16

Contemplative, challenges the common perception.

There was good use of male and female narration through this book to support the main players.
It really supports the need for greater intervention for SF guys suffering PTSD and the divide between what politicians think is achievable and what it takes to get there - they are unconventional forces for a reason!

At times a challenging listen at times, worth it in the end.

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