American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant (Anglais) Relié – 25 mars 2014
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“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)
Présentation de l'éditeur
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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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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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.
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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