The Only Thing Worth Dying For

  • by Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by P.J. Ochlan
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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If you could sum up The Only Thing Worth Dying For in three words, what would they be?

Funny that the review question asks if I could sum up in three words, but there is a minimum of 15 words for this box.

Well, I can't sum it up in three words be/c I'm just not creative.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a true story. I can't really pick one part out. What I can say is that I have read/listened to three of Eric Blehm's books and he's one of my new favorite authors. If you have not read/listened to Fearless, stop reading this now and go get it! You will never forget that book. This one is great too, but I think Fearless let's you connect more whereas this one I can't find one particular person I've related to or connected with.

That's not to say this isn't just as good. It is a wonderful book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't really have one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

If you haven't listened/read Fearless by same author, GET IT! The Last Season is also an engrossing read. I don't think it's in audio format, but if you like to read it's a great book! I anxiously await for more from Eric Blehm.

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- Trista

Great story about the rise of Karzai.

This is a great story about the rise of Karzai and how the U.S. special forces helped him to power. It's a bit of a different view of Karzai than what you may have read or seen on TV. Overall I enjoyed the story and the narrator.
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- jrrich

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio