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The Only Thing Worth Dying For - How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan-logo

The Only Thing Worth Dying For - How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan

Eric Blehm

On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, a U.S. Special Forces team of Green Berets known as ODA 574 infiltrated the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible mission: to foment a tribal revolt and force the Taliban to surrender. Armed solely with the equipment they could carry on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla warfare, Captain Jason Amerine and his ten men had no choice but to trust their only ally, a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai. Having returned from exile, Karzai-on the run from the Taliban-was traveling the countryside to raise a militia. The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy-and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate for the first time a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice, intimately exposing the realities of unconventional warfare and nation-building in Afghanistan that continue to shape the region today.

On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, a U.S. Special Forces team of Green Berets known as ODA 574 infiltrated the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible mission: to foment a tribal revolt and force the Taliban to surrender. Armed solely with the equipment they could carry on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla warfare, Captain Jason Amerine and his ten men had no choice but to trust their only ally, a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai. Having returned from exile, Karzai-on the run from the Taliban-was traveling the countryside to raise a militia. The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy-and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate for the first time a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice, intimately exposing the realities of unconventional warfare and nation-building in Afghanistan that continue to shape the region today.
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Genres:

History

Description:

On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, a U.S. Special Forces team of Green Berets known as ODA 574 infiltrated the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible mission: to foment a tribal revolt and force the Taliban to surrender. Armed solely with the equipment they could carry on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla warfare, Captain Jason Amerine and his ten men had no choice but to trust their only ally, a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai. Having returned from exile, Karzai-on the run from the Taliban-was traveling the countryside to raise a militia. The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy-and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate for the first time a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice, intimately exposing the realities of unconventional warfare and nation-building in Afghanistan that continue to shape the region today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

P.J. Ochlan

Length:

12h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

03:56


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

37:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

53:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

40:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

58:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

33:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

55:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

46:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:26:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:09:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

55:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

50:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

35:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

49:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

40:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:41