None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism

None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism

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by Michael Hirsh
     
 

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From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret…  See more details below

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From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia.

Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers-or PJs-as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage. Among them: the drama of a plane crash at 10,000 feet in the Hindu Kush mountains, where PJs climb with hundred-pound packs through chest-deep snow to rescue the crew...the tension of an unprecedented nighttime combat parachute jump into the middle of an Afghan minefield...the heartbreak during Operation Anaconda, when seven American fighting men die, including the first PJ killed in combat since Vietnam.


About the Author:
Michael Hirsh is a Vietnam combat veteran, a broadcast journalist, and a George Foster Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He is the author of Pararescue: The Skill and Courage of the Elite 106th Rescue Wing: The True Story of an Incredible Rescue at Sea and the Heroes Who Pulled It Off.

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ISBN-13:
9780451209832
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.10(d)

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None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book off the bargain table at the local B&N. The cover caught my attention and I am so glad! It tells the story of the US Air Force Pararscuemen in the War on Terrorism fought in Afganistan. This is a branch of the US Military that I had never heard of before. These men go in where ever others need them, to find and rescue those trapped and/or injured behind enemy lines. They are taught not only medical techniques to save lives but are also trained to protect the lives as well until they can evacuate the wounded. The stories are riviting and real; I had a hard time putting this book down. It has great insight into what makes this service so special. These are the guys who go in after American air crews that go down; when Army Rangers, Special Forces, Navy SEALS, Marine Force Recon teams find themselves in trouble and need a way out. You come to know these American heros as if they were the guys next door. They are very real people with hopes and fears, dreams and loved ones back home and your heart breaks when you learn one of them is not going to make it back home alive because he gave his life so that another may live. You also learn of the faith these men have in God and the trust they have in Him and each other to do what is necessary to perform their utmost, to have the courage and ability to do what has to be done. This is a must read for those of us who have never heard before of pararescue. They will make you proud.
Fire1983 More than 1 year ago
Michael Hirsh means well with this book but to me it jumped around a lot and hard to follow. The book was good in stating in what it takes to be a PJ. I learned and know how red tape gets in the way of doing your job. My heart goes out to these guys who do this service/job "So Others May Live".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing book i have ever read in my life! I wanted to drop out of college to join, unfotunately my eyesight was too poor to qualify.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes you behind the duties and responsibilites of the U.S. Air Force pararescue units in Afgahnistan. So well written, you actually feel like you are part of the action. Hirsh uses the most prolific and entertaining language I ever read.
wallymountz 9 months ago
This was good book that gives an insight to the Air Force Pararescuemen. A couple times the author goes off-track and examines particular incidents to assign blame to the loss of men. However, generally this book is very detailed in discussing medical aspects and the military aspects of their job.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I appreciate the effort to congradulate men who dare to walk the razors edge for a living, as this book has done. Well written, detailed and real enough to cause some in the military to squirm. The journalistic character of the book exposes raw truths about whether or not brave men needed to die. The light hearted stuff is welcome too. The adventurous, bigger than life PJs with thier moxy and devil may care attitude come through in living color. Great book. Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband Benjamin J. Harris is in this book- I think it gives great credit where it is deserved- I was stationed overseas in Turkey- and helped Michael Hirsh over downrange to see the pararescue men- thank you Michael for all you have done- SSgt Angela M. Harris-USAF
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