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4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Great Bravery and Adaptability Told in a Convoluted Fashion, 11 Aug 2009
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - See all my reviews
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"Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, 'Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance.'" -- Deuteronomy 31:7

Don't miss this book! It tells of extraordinary service that all Americans should honor and respect.

In the days following 9/11, the American government made the unprecedented decision to send in Special Forces and CIA paramilitary officers as the leading wedge of an effort to aid the about-to-be-decimated Northern Alliance leaders and their forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban were about to wipe out the last remaining opposition and secure a permanent safe haven for terrorists such as the notorious Osama bin Laden. Few times in American history have so few warriors made such a huge impact on a military campaign as did the men described in this book. What was accomplished is truly astonishing and mind-boggling.

Mr. Stanton sets up the book by describing a dangerous situation: hundreds of Taliban prisoners were being kept near a large stash of weapons and ammunition while being guarded by hardly any Northern Alliance and U.S. troops. The book then moves backwards in time to provide the background for how that situation happened to occur before detailing what happened next . . . and thereafter.

As bad as that situation was, the initial insertion of the U.S. forces into Afghanistan was even more hair-raising . . . starting with impossible flying conditions.

To me, the worst part of the book came at the end, where there's a list of the Special Forces soldiers who lost their lives in either Afghanistan or Iraq. A high price has been paid by these men and their families. Seeing that we are once again fully engaged fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, it made me sad to think that so much courage and devotion to duty were frittered away while all eyes turned toward Iraq and those fictitious weapons of mass destruction.

The book is great for someone who wants to get to know the individuals and their families, something that seems called for in light of the service that these people gave to us and to the world. I agree with those critics who have noted that there's a lot of detail in here while events occurred in Afghanistan that could have been left out. The book almost seems padded out in places.

My advice is to just flip a few pages until you get back into the main thread of the story. You'll be glad you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down., 15 Feb 2014
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Writing was fantastic and the story incredible, recommend this to anyone interested in military history or the military. It may become hard to process if you have no military knowledge, though the the write endeavours to simplify all of his writing for non-military users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed extraordinary, 17 May 2014
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P. Markus (Holland) - See all my reviews
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Amazing what these chaps, both Afghan and international did. Exiting read for all who are interested in the history of this conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys and Indians, 2 July 2009
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James C. Townsend "book squirrelious" (La Jonquera, Catalonia, Spain) - See all my reviews
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This is quite a book and the men who took part in the operations are quite admirable. This will remain a book of reference for the post-9/11 offensives.
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