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Overview

The Green Berets—a legendary corps of soldiers whose exploits made military history. But now, its very identity and role as a fighting force may be forever changed . . .

Until the war in Iraq, Special Forces were the military’s counterinsurgency experts. Their specialty was going behind enemy lines and training insurgent forces. In Afghanistan, they toppled the Taliban by transforming Northern Alliance fighters into cohesive units. But since that time, Special Forces units have focused on offensive raids.

With time running short, the Green Berets have now gone back to their roots.

Award-winning journalist Kevin Maurer traveled with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan, finding out firsthand the inside story of the lives of this elite group of highly trained soldiers. He witnessed the intense brotherhood, the rigorous selection process, and the arduous training that makes them the best on the battlefield. Here, Maurer delivers a compelling account of modern warfare and of a fighting force that is doing everything in its power to achieve victory.

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“This story brings to life the unique men who form the ranks of the Green Berets and the Herculean tasks they must accomplish.”—Rusty Bradley, author of Lions of Kandahar

“[A] powerful look at Special Forces and the daily grind of tracking down the Taliban, terrorists, and other bad guys in Afghanistan.” —Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and critically acclaimed author of Tiger Force and No Way Out

“Humorous, stark, and honest, Gentlemen Bastards shows the reality of the war in Afghanistan.” —Nathan Edmondson, author of The Activity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425252697
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Maurer is an award-winning reporter who has covered the military, with a focus on special operations forces, for eight years. He has been embedded with the U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    VERY BORING!!!

    Ive read a number of military books (No easy day, ....and a hard rain fell, Lone Survivor, American Sniper, etc), and I must say this was one if the more boring books Ive read. Very little in the way of action or any battles and only really focuses on the relationship between Afghan and American soldiers. I wouldnt recommend this book and doubt I will read any more from this author.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Pretty good

    It was a pretty good read. Some inaccuracies but nothing major. Gives an alternative insight into the daily life of deployed SF soldiers.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    I thought this was an excellent book! It is very candidly ridden

    I thought this was an excellent book!
    It is very candidly ridden and gives a great insight into the daily life of SF guys. There aren't to much combat, so it focuses on what makes SF special - winning the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike in Afghanistan! The only part I found annoying, was that the author spends a lot of time talking about his own relationship with the soldiers. No doubt fascinating for him, but slightly boring for me. Especially as I have been deployed twice to Afghanistan.
    Highly recomended, if you want to know more about what most soldiers (at least most SF) experience in Afghanistan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    It was agood read. The only problems was that he was generic whe

    It was agood read. The only problems was that he was generic when describing trucks and when he called a 203 the whole weapon system

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 24, 2013

    not good

    not good

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