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American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant (Anglais) Relié – 25 mars 2014

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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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In many ways, this book tells the same story we have witnessed again and again... A country embeds some of its military with the locals, the military man makes promises he really intends to keep, bonds with the people... Then the government changes, the military is ordered back home and promises are broken.

Starting with the fist page I wondered: how can a man that exceptional and smart, as passionate as he is about his mission, not contemplate the fate of his predecessors? Still Jim Gant went in, fought and survived an ordeal on so many levels.

If not to question why and how democracies make war, this book must be read for the human beings involved.
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sure to ruffle some feathers...destined to be a classic of the times. 25 mars 2014
Par Dalton Fury - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 riveting, touching, saddening 16 juillet 2014
Par kwman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Should we be so fortunate as to find Jim Gant in another leadership position, sign me up, I'm game. As for the "by the book" leaders who championed his removal from the war, way to go dudes. I'm certain that won't come back to bite us in the a%#. That was sarcasm. Geniuses.
Hey Gant, if you're reading these reviews, Get up! Work hard! Prepare for battle! It never stops, keep fighting.
Ya know, I've done my time, I've been over there and this book reflects what is typical about the Army and one of it's greatest weaknesses, pencil pushing leaders with no real vision.
Married couples are allowed to live together as members of the Military on FOBS in a combat zone and women are now allowed and are pushed into support roles to support combat troops, sometimes willingly, other times not.
In fifty years, when military couples are living in villages in combat zones as a matter of operating procedure, someone will credit Gant and verbally acknowledge that he was the first to initiate the idea.
It seems as though, when someone is ahead of their time, we credit them down the line but it's likely the reality is, the pencil pushers are behind the times and a bad idea is one they can not rightfully take credit for. Until they can, they absorb the ideas of others and wash their hands of them.
No Gant, you are not authorized to give up. It is a different fight but it is a fight.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written geopolitical and anthropological novel/memoir 6 avril 2014
Par Robert Molyneaux - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Written in a style that reads similar to a Tom Clancy novel, Ms. Tyson raises the bar on conveying a story. Due to protecting privacy and careers, certain characters names were changed. But it is clear that the premises of the story are accurate from her and the main subjects perspective, given the acknowledged reviews. While I had quit reading Clancy novels once I was aware of his artistic license in areas which I have technical expertise, this was not generally the case in this book. Despite the bias of the writer, it still illustrates how our most select military are just as prone to workplace stresses and jealousies as the rest of us. Ms. Tyson's descriptions of Pashtun culture help make sense of the seemingly senseless situation. It should be among required reading for any Westerner venturing to the Pashtun lands of Afghanistan and Pakistan, whether for military, humanitarian, diplomatic or other reasons.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 ... writing about hubby) but the overall book was very good. A flawed man striving to do the right ... 23 avril 2015
Par John J. Donnelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The writing was a tad slanted (wife writing about hubby) but the overall book was very good. A flawed man striving to do the right thing juxtaposed against a background of "good" soldiers trying to adhere to the "right" values. The military is at a point where the "values" outweigh operational success. This in no way forgives some of the good Major's flaw but it points to an unnecessary choice between using flawed warriors to win versus adherence to irrelevant values in favor of winning. The military after Vietnam and maybe even during Korea decided to provide a very narrow capability set to the nation. If the nation needed something else, too bad (i.e. you can have your Model T Ford in any color you like so long as it's black). The Military has decided that it will only fight one kind of fight and if the nation needs something else or the enemy refuses to fight the way the military wants, too bad. This is a great case study in what's broken in DOD and a good story about a flawed warrior. But then if the flawed warrior, over used and suffering TBI is called on again and again to go into battle, is he really flawed or are the leaders in his chain of command flawed? It's like the Army lowering and lowering enlistment standards and then pretending to be surprised when Soldiers commit horrendous and illegal acts. It's a good read and thought provoking. Very little said about the flawed soldier being a flawed husband and father--I too have such flaws but I think the whole story is not in the book--just big parts of it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lawrence of Afghanistan 25 juillet 2014
Par Steve - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found this book to be very interesting. It was, of course, slanted in favor of Maj Gant, but I don't think that fact takes away from the validity of any of the observations or conclusions that are presented in the book. In my opinion, Maj Gant did EXACTLY what Special Forces (SF) soldiers are supposed to do, and what the Special Forces Regiment was established to accomplish. To whit: insert a group of highly trained, mature, culturally and environmentally aware (meaning the political, military, societal, etc. environment) soldiers into an area/situation where they will establish rapport with a target group in order to train, support and lead that group into combat in support of the interests and aims of the United States. The best way to establish rapport is to immerse yourself in the group's culture and way of life, and show them that you respect them and have something of value to share with them.

There are different levels of immersion that are necessary to accomplish that mission. For example, if an SF ODA (Operational Detachment Alpha) is tasked with mentoring, training and leading an existing host nation military unit, it is more likely that the ODA could interact with them on a more superficial, "business" level in order to accomplish the mission. SF soldiers in that situation can retain all of the trappings, tactics, uniforms and equipment of a United States Army unit without compromising the mission. Those missions would be pretty straight forward, but would involve liaison with tribal/government leaders. The Team would teach, lead, and mentor the unit until they are able to operate on their own.

The level of immersion that Maj Gant needed to reach was much deeper than any other in the SF "continuum", and he did whatever was necessary to gain the trust of his target population. I feel that if he hadn't had the Author living with him and had not been openly partaking of alcohol, both violations of UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), as well as general orders issued in the Afghanistan Theater, he could have survived with his career intact. In fact, he likely would have received awards and early promotion. Admittedly, SF soldiers have been known to partake in both women and booze in country, and most people involved turn a blind eye. In his, case, though, Gant's doing so only made it easier, to the point where it would have been a dereliction of duty if they hadn't done so, for his chain of command to punish him in the manner that they did.

It's sad that Gant chose to take the questionable actions that he did, because the way that he conducted his mission was superb, and shows exactly the kind of dedication to the mission and ability to "think outside the box" that is drilled into SF officers during the Q Course (SF Qualification Course). As a matter of fact the book reads as a primer for conducting unconventional operations in a warlord/tribal environment.

In closing, if you are a student of military history, especially Special Forces. Read this book.
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