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The Only Thing Worth Dying for: How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan (P.S.)

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On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, a U.S. Special Forces team of Green Berets known as ODA 574 infiltrated 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 could carry on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla warfare, Captain Jason Amerine and his ten men had no choice but to trust their only ally, a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai. Having returned from exile, Karzai—on the run from the Taliban—was traveling the countryside to raise 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.

Synopsis:

The Only Thing Worth Dying For will become an enduring classic.” —Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder

Eric Blehm, author of the award-winning The Last Season, is back with another true adventure story, The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, The Only Thing Worth Dying For is, in the words of former Congressman Charlie Wilson (from Charlie Wilsons War), “the one book you must read if you have any hope of understanding what our fine American soldiers are up against in Afghanistan.”

About the Author

Eric Blehm is the former editor of Transworld SNOWboarding, author of Agents of Change: The Story of DC Shoes and Its Athletes, and coauthor of P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder. The Last Season was a Book Sense bestseller and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. He lives in southern California with his wife and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061661235
Subtitle:
How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan
Author:
Blehm, Eric
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Karzai, Hamid
Subject:
Afghanistan - Politics and government - 2001-
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20110104
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
A.” <i>-- <i>Rocky Mountain News</i></i>
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.17 in 22.80 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The Only Thing Worth Dying For will become an enduring classic.” &#8212;Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder

Eric Blehm, author of the award-winning The Last Season, is back with another true adventure story, The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, The Only Thing Worth Dying For is, in the words of former Congressman Charlie Wilson (from Charlie Wilsons War), “the one book you must read if you have any hope of understanding what our fine American soldiers are up against in Afghanistan.”

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