Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces

Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces

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by Kevin Maurer
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101611371
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
136,467
File size:
923 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“This story brings to life the unique men who form the ranks of the Green Berets and the Herculean tasks they must accomplish day in and day out, month after month, year after year.” —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. Maurer . . . skillfully weaves it all into a compelling narrative.” —Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and critically acclaimed author of Tiger Force and No Way Out

“A true and refreshing narrative . . . Humorous, stark, and honest, Gentlemen Bastards shows the reality of the War in Afghanistan and proves that true, unbiased journalism is still alive.”—Nathan Edmondson, author of The Activity

“An authentic insider’s account . . . This is a compelling book.”—David Zucchino, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Thunder Run

“Maurer captures the humor of the Green Berets even while keeping his own self-deprecating, smart-ass-reporter, along-for-the-ride sensibility.”—Kelly Kennedy, author of They Fought for Each Other

Meet the Author

Kevin Maurer is an award-winning reporter who has covered special operations forces for seven years. He has been embedded with the U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan six times in the last five years and spent a month with special operations units in Africa in 2006. Maurer covered the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan’s first parliamentary election. Most recently, he covered the Bush Administration’s surge into Baghdad, and wrote the definitive piece about the transformation of Khost from a terrorist haven to a working province in Afghanistan.

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Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a pretty good read. Some inaccuracies but nothing major. Gives an alternative insight into the daily life of deployed SF soldiers.
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not good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
justforyou More than 1 year ago