The Only Thing Worth Dying For
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Couldn't put it down
I got this book as the sample with no prior knowledge of this book, but a slight familiarity with ODA 574's story.
After the sample, I couldn't put it down. I took the plunge to buy the book and spent a very enjoyable afternoon reading it in my backyard.
tl;dr fun read if you like military nonfiction.
Gripping from start to end
One of the better all around books about the war on terror I have read. Gives you the gut busting reality of war and just how crazy it can be.
If you are considering this book, stop wasting time and just buy it! Incredible story. Could not put it down. Makes you appreciate our special forces soldiers even more and makes you understand how difficult and dangerous their duties really are.