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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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Revue de presse
“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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A fascinating, well-written, riveting story. I've read every book about Afghanistan I could find and this is one of the best. Granted the possible bias of the author being the protagonist's wife notwithstanding. When I finished the book, I was so angry and frustrated the way Jim Gant was treated once his field-grade supporting officers were replaced by petty, narrow-minded little men (using the word only to describe their sex because none of them are real men) obviously jealous of his success, skills, ability and war record. As USSF from VN (Det A-502 68-70), I find the actions of LTG Mulholland especially reprehensible. 1Lt Roberts, Maj Kent Solheim, Col Mark Schwartz, Lt Col Robert Wilson, Col Richard Kim and others should be stripped of their rank and retirement. They join a hall of ignominy with similar incompetents like Bill McRaven, Gen Dell Dailey, Brig Gen Greg Trebon and others who kept USSF and other specops in the field from doing their duty.
Gant did what USSF is trained to do...train the indigs to defend themselves. He succeeded where others in the theater failed, let alone even tried. Most of the decisions he made supported his mission. He wasn't an addict. His use of alcohol and drugs to help him sleep should have been recognized as an attempt to deal with PTSD and given help, not censure.
The one decision I question was to allow Ann to live with him. However, her participation enhanced his rapport with the local people, especially the women, an area off limits to him under Islamic rules. She was a positive presence, not a detraction.
Most of all, he was amazingly successful in his mission, especially given the lack of logistics and intelligence support that he needed and requested. Besides Mulholland, who also let other USSF in Afghanistan down when he commanded the 5th early on, conventional Army mental midget Roberts, who started the entire attack on Gant, should be marginalized.
None of those who attacked Gant and brought about his downfall without giving him a chance to defend himself should be accorded any respect, let alone retirement on the taxpayer's dime.
Thank you, Jim Gant for your service, and Ann Tyson for telling the story. I loved it, despite the tragic end.