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American Spartan - The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

Ann Scott Tyson

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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 Some have called him "Lawrence of Afghanistan." To the Pashtun tribesmen he is "Commander Jim," leader of the "bearded ones." He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, one of the most charismatic and controversial U.S. commanders of modern memory, a man who changed the face of America's war in Afghanistan when his critical white paper, "One Tribe at a Time," went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and on Capitol Hill in 2009. A decorated Green Beret who had spent years training indigenous fighters, Jim argued for embedding autonomous units with tribes across Afghanistan: these American soldiers would live among Afghans for extended periods, not only to train and equip tribal militias, but to fight-and even die-alongside them in battle. He argued that we could earn the trust of the Afghans and transform them into a reliable ally with whom we could defeat the Taliban and Al Qaeda networks. The military's top brass, including General David Petraeus, then commander of U.S. Central Command and overseeing the war in Afghanistan, and Admiral Eric Olson, head of Special Operations Command, approved the plan and gave Jim the go-ahead to embark on the mission. As correspondent Ann Scott Tyson got to know Jim Gant the man as well as the warrior, she saw that there was a larger story to tell-about a people desperate to defend their homes, and about this intense fighter and deeply honorable man who pushed boundaries, despite his own personal demons, and risked life and career to achieve what some thought was impossible. Ann soon came to share Jim's vision that Americans and Pashtuns could fight side-by-side and create real change across the region, so she accompanied him to Afghanistan, risking her life to embed with the tribes and chronicle their experience. This remarkable story-of Jim's close relationships with village el

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell

Length:

15h 41m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

25:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:02:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

55:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

34:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

45:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

51:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

55:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

33:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

41:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:13:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:46