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“A momentous account… The overall story is enticing, brutal, and current.” (Publishers Weekly)

“An astonishing new account . . . This book will be read a lot longer than most books about the American war in Afghanistan. It especially will resonate with people interested in Special Forces… We need people like Gant to do real foreign internal defense.” (Tom Ricks)

“Tyson concentrates on Gant’s campaign, which produced plenty of fireworks, heroism, suffering and, this being Afghanistan, constant frustration. . . . One of the only satisfying products of a dismally unsatisfying war: this entertaining book.” (Kirkus Reviews)

American Spartan is a riveting, powerful account of the service of Major Jim Gant, a man seen by many of us as the “perfect counterinsurgent” . . . Ann Scott Tyson had a ring-side seat . . . and takes us there in this extraordinary, gripping book.” (General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Ret.))

“This story captivated me like no other I’ve read on combat action in Afghanistan. I don’t condone Jim Gant’s every decision or the way he did things, but I do respect the hell out of what he did as a warrior.” (Dalton Fury, author of Kill Bin Laden)

“In the half-century since Robin Moore’s The Green Berets, no other account of Special Forces at war could match its range and depth and candor-until now. American Spartan will enlighten and disturb readers with its searing honesty...” (Dr. Kalev I. Sepp, former Green Beret and coauthor of Weapon of Choice)

“The Catch-22 of the Afghanistan War, a mixture of romanticism, fantasy and hard-core dedication. . . . Read this book to savor the rich, candid details of love between a man and a woman, between Afghan and American comrades in battle, and between two cultures.” (Washington Post)

“Masterfully written and moving . . . [American Spartan] is a must read and will stand the test of time.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Tyson raises a host of serious questions about the nature of war, the many aspects of loyalty, and the price paid by America’s front-line fighters.” (Christian Science Monitor)

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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.

Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant changed the face of America’s war effort in Afghanistan. A decorated Green Beret who spent years in Afghanistan and Iraq training indigenous fighters, Gant argued for embedding autonomous units with tribes across Afghanistan to earn the Afghans’ trust and transform them into a reliable ally with whom we could defeat the Taliban and counter al-Qaeda networks. The military's top brass, including General David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, approved, and Gant was tasked with implementing his controversial strategy.

Veteran war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson first spoke with Gant when he was awarded the Silver Star in 2007. Tyson soon came to share Gant’s vision, so she accompanied him to Afghanistan, risking her life to embed with the tribes and chronicle their experience. And then they fell in love.

Illustrated with dozens of photographs, American Spartan is their remarkable story—one of the most riveting, emotional narratives of wartime ever published.

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  • Relié: 384 pages
  • Editeur : William Morrow (25 mars 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0062114980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062114983
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 3,1 x 22,9 cm
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Par Tevis Buckles le 27 juillet 2014
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I do not use the word "extraordinary" lightly. While I have only read 50 pages, I can say that it reads like a novel yet it is not. It is about an officer, a charismatic, gifted, visionary man. It is teaching me a lot about what REALLY went on in Irak and is still going on in Afghanistan, what we never hear about in the news. The author, Ann Tyson, is a very gifted writer, you feel like you are with her in the tribal front lines. These two were meant to meet.
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Sure to ruffle some feathers...destined to be a classic of the times. 25 mars 2014
Par Dalton Fury - Publié sur
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Very fortunate to receive an early copy of AMERICAN SPARTAN by Ann Scott Tyson yesterday...opened it and didn't close it till well after midnight - this story captivated me like no other I've read on combat actions in Afghanistan since just after 9/11. For the record, I don't know Jim personally, but I do know many of the other men in this book that either gave lift to Jim's One-Tribe-at-a-Time thesis and took a chance, or stonewalled Jim at every turn and contrived childish charges to pad legitimate charges based on a young West Point officer's statement, written after being publically called out by Jim in front of the men down range. As several unnamed sources in the book shared, alcohol is a fact of life, inside the United States, or in very remote places on any battlefield. There isn't a special operations team, in any service, or a team of CIA folks, that could not acquire some form of alcohol in the first 24 hours of arriving if they wanted it - and any senior military officer who thinks that isn't true has not spent a day down range more than a quick helo ride in for a dog and pony visit, and a quick ride out before nightfall. Just because it's available doesn't mean you have to drop your guard and get tanked. I don't condone Jim Gant's every decision or the way he did things, but I do respect the heck out of what he did as a warrior and as an American Special Forces man. I absolutely disagree with some senior leaders in this book that opine Jim Gant somehow threw away all the positive things our Green Berets accomplished in Afghanistan by his isolated actions. When I read about senior specops leaders having the foresight to support Jim's One-Tribe-at-a-Time philosophy it tells me at face value that Jim wasn't entirely off the reservation. Guys like that, confident and humble in their achievements, understanding what it's like to be under fire on target, and not just under a radio headset far away from the gunfight, take risks to get stuff done. Jim was one of those risks. My mates and I walked the same hills in the first few years of the war that Jim's did the last half of the war. I can guarantee you we FAILED to follow Jim's philosophy and were laser focused on kill/capture. Had I been a little more like Jim, we might have had more success. If you are looking for a fascinating story that will make you proud to be an American, thankful for men like Jim and his Special Forces teammates, and really give you a major case of the backside all at the same time then AMERICAN SPARTAN is well worth your time.
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Best Book to Date on the Quagmires Founded in Today's Afghan War!!! 26 mars 2014
Par Kerry Patton - Publié sur
Format: Relié
“American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant” is a MUST read for any military enthusiast or for any person deeply interested in the unprecedented quagmires that have unfolded in Afghanistan and equally throughout the United States military, including US Special Operations Command.

The people, places, and interactions are too familiar as one who has spent plenty of time in the region where Gant operated. The activities of engaging the locals, respecting their culture and Pashtunwalli, and keeping promises is what makes Jim Gant stand out. Unfortunately, based off my dealings with some persons in the military, I firmly believe his violations of breaking General Order #1 (and all the subsets of such which includes alcohol consumption, engaging in sexual activities with the woman who later became his wife, etc) had nothing to do with some Military top brass desires in destroying his career. Instead, I am almost certain it had to do with that fact that Gant was a major success in Afghanistan.

The military system is unique where we thrive in ridiculous concepts like “Screw up, Move up” or “Never make your leaders look bad.” While in the battle-space, Gant succeeded in his mission and in doing so, he made some military leaders look like fools. He was all about the traditional Special Force mode of operation involving engagement activities through “Train, Mentor, and Advise” which worked and shunned away from direct action missions (which has actually cost more lives than saved) at all costs. This approach countered military leader’s operational tempos. Therefore, Gant got screwed.

Make no mistake, Gant is by no means perfect but he made the best out of a really horrific situation and this book exposes both sides of the spectrum—good and bad. I wish Jim and his wife Ann all the peace in the world and pray they both find a way to recover from the mental anguish they have endured.

This is a MUST READ!

Of note, I was provided a review copy of this book by Jim and Ann’s publicist.

Kerry Patton is author of “Contracted: America’s Secret Warriors” and “Contracted II: America’s Terror Trackers.”
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A must read 26 mars 2014
Par JLadd - Publié sur
Format: Relié
A true life Spartan warrior. I had the honor of spending a short time with Maj.Jim Gant in Mangwel as well as Mrs. Ann Scott Tyson. Jim was an inspirational leader, mentor, and warrior. What his people did to him was a disgrace and act of cowardice. From the day I stepped foot in Kabul all I heard was how out of control this man was. That's when I knew I wanted to work directly with him and help bring sustainment to his cause.

When you read this story of these heroes, Dan Mckone, Jim Gant, Ish, Abe and the others it will tell you about the corrupt leaders of our government and military. It'll give you an idea of how we could've won the war in Afghanistan. Jim Gant and Dan McKone was well on their way to winning it.....until some desk jockey jealous soldier decided to crush it.

Jim, Ann, Dan, thank you for the time spent with you guys. You'll never be forgotten.

Jason Ladd
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Thought it would be great...but it wasn't. 25 septembre 2014
Par DAN - Publié sur
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I had mixed feelings about this book. Clearly, Jim Gant has a gift for working with indigenous populations, leading men into battle, and most importantly, bringing them back unharmed. His tract, One Tribe at a Time, was provocative and insightful, and it is not surprising that the military seriously considered his method a viable way to win the war in Afghanistan.

However, Jim Gant also screwed up, big time. He invited his girlfriend to stay with him in the Afghan village (in a shipping container??? of all things!), used copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, took unauthorized, nightly trips to Baghdad to engage in rough, bloody UFC fights with the local populace; gave away US military property (e.g. guns, ammo, etc.) without permission to a tribe that had slippery allegiances, slept with other female soldiers while in the field, apparently ditched his stateside family and kids (as did Tyson, by the way), and then...complained when he got caught?

Don't get me wrong, I am sure that these things may go on when overseas for extended deployments, but I find it hard to believe that soldiers don't know that there are potential (serious) penalties if they are discovered. The military is pretty black and white about laying out and implementing crimes and punishments.

Ann Scott Tyson tries to give good reasons for all this behavior, but she does not succeed. She does succeed in writing a book that is essentially one long apologetic about two people who, although highly intelligent, seem allergic to accountability for their own behavior.
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Amazing account of what it is like to live and fight directly with the Tribes in East Afghanistan. 26 mars 2014
Par kenneth d kraushaar - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A great read, Ann has a way of transporting you to the scene as she tells this tragic story of how one man had a vision to win a war. Breaking "rules" from the machine when needed and focusing on building relationships and trust. I first read One Tribe at a Time in 2009 and immediately knew if anyone could pull this off, it would be its Author, Major Jim Gant. He got it that you cannot commute daily to the war from a FOB. But like some other programs it may not be transferable or easy to "hand off" to those not as vested in the cultural aspects of Pashtunwali, primarily the system of honor. Both nations owe Jim Gant and his team a great debt for his selfless service and willingness to be the tip of the spear. And I thank Ann Scott Tyson for telling this story in a raw and honest fashion. Outstanding Book ! ^
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