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American Spartan

The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant
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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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  • Hunter
  • 17/07/2014

THE TRUE ARMY OF ONE!!!"THE SPARTAN"

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14/10/2019

Wow! One of the best books I’ve read in a while!

And absolutely fascinating story about the intelligence and sacrifice of one man for his country and the Afghan people. I read over 100 books a year and this is one of the best books I’ve read lately.

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  • One big family!
  • 15/07/2020

Nobody should assume our military acts with honor.

I knew the Navy sucked, but to see Army SF persons treated like this is so demoralizing. How can anyone takeaway the belief that we were actually going to try to win the war?

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  • Jeffrey Butler
  • 02/03/2020

Book review..

The book was well written and performed..def a must read recommendation..wish the best to Jim And Ann.

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  • RICARDO DEL POZO
  • 12/08/2019

American Spartan

This is undoubtedly the best book I have ever read as a retired Army vet this should be a required reading to every officer in our ranks this is exactly how the Army is ran by officers that are not concerned with winning but getting promoted and wi do so at anyone’s expense as they live like kings and pass judgement down from there thrown to the warrior on the ground that has sacrificed so much while they sacrifice so little if anything at all.

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  • m
  • 09/07/2020

outstanding

great book. simply outstanding. great story, great performance and reading. shame what happened to MAJ Gant

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  • James
  • 05/01/2020

Great book. Well written.

Great Book. This book was well written and covered every side . It was long and sometimes hard to follow but I was captivated by it all. This book is about an American Hero that served his country with honor.

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  • Scott sumpter
  • 04/11/2019

Unreal

This was an amazing book. Thank you for your service and dedication to what you believe in.

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  • Hollywood Mike
  • 24/12/2018

Unconventional Warfare is Risky Business

The story is amazing. The characters deep. Opens the door a crack and gives a peek at the dark side. Not all heros are spit and polish super snipers with high and tights. This book helps explain why.

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  • Aaron
  • 03/12/2018

A scatter shot book.

This book was all over the place with no real Rhyme or Reason. I think that the author was so emotionally attached to the story that she could not write it in a order that made sense. That lead to a non-chronological jumbled mess of a story.

On top of that it was hard to read as a infantry leader because Major Gant did so many things wrong as a leader. I was hoping to learn some lesons to lead troops and I did and he did a lot of things right. But he put his own desires and wants in front of his men multiple times.

is the system flawed? Yes. But he did a lot of things wrong and I cant imagine brining someone I love to a warzone putting them me and my men at risk for my own selfish desires.

I cant recommend this book.