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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.
©2010 Eric Blehm (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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By jrrich on 12-24-12

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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By Curtis on 09-05-14

A great story that was also a lesson !

This book did a great job about telling the story of the war at the beginning of the engagement. The author told the story warts and all concerning his unit . This book is well worth your time & should be required reading in military circles!

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By Dave on 03-17-16

great read

absolutely loved this book great story brilliantly told by the narrator oda 574 remember brilliantly

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By Justin on 08-29-17

its a good leadership book

its a really good leadership book.. n there's an additional bonus material. . very good..

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By Ben on 05-15-17

thoroughly enjoyable

i was totally unaware of this story and it's links to the new Afghan government. thank you fur opening my eyes to those heroes who don't seem the limelight

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