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Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds Paperback – Illustrated, May 19, 2015
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“Powerful . . . a riveting account of a strategic battle that doesn’t glorify war or focus on heroic deeds . . . Make room on your military bookshelf for Lions of Kandahar.”—San Antonio Express-News
“Bradley takes the reader into battle.”—Time
“A raw and authentic war story about untamed Green Berets in action. Bradley and Maurer crush it! Mr. President, grab a copy—this is a sure-bet Special Forces exit strategy. Unleash more of these brave lions across Afghanistan and America will win this war.”—Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man
“A powerful and gripping account of a battle that helped shape the war in Afghanistan. But Lions of Kandahar is more than that. Major Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer give readers a stirring inside look at the day-to-day operations of a Special Forces team—and what it takes to defeat insurgents hell-bent on regaining control of Afghanistan. With crisp writing and page-turning action, Lions of Kandahar is one of the best books written about the conflict.”—Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist and co-author of the critically acclaimed Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War
“This is a riveting tale, told from the front lines of the secret war against the Taliban. Lions of Kandahar is the definitive account of a modern Special Forces mission—a must-read for anyone hoping to understand the harsh realities of the Afghan conflict.”—David Zucchino, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author of Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
“I have read this book three times and I am still chilled to the bone with every word. In Lions of Kandahar you will be riveted by the unabridged action of our real-life military heroes. It took a group of exceptional individuals to accomplish Operation Medusa. We as a nation can only pray we have half the guts and fortitude given selflessly every day on our behalf by the Army Special Forces.”—Marshall R. Teague, actor; U.S. Navy (ret.)
“The war in Afghanistan is made for Special Forces, but very little has been written about these soldiers since the initial attack on Afghanistan in 2001. Bradley and Maurer do a great job of showing how these elite units fight and why they are so important to the battle against the Taliban. Lions of Kandahar is a gripping, moving, and well-told war story.”—Greg Jaffe, Washington Post reporter and co-author of The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army
About the Author
Kevin Maurer has been embedded as a reporter with the U.S. Special Forces and 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq more than a dozen times in the last five years.
- Publisher : Bantam; Illustrated edition (May 19, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553386166
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553386165
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.18 x 0.67 x 7.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I could keep going AND I WANT TO! But truly I need to stop so that you can get to this incredible story of life and humility, that you might then experience your own emotional response to what these men did and what men just like them, "Damn Few" continue to do. Please buy two copies of this book and give one to a veteran and tell him it's your way of honoring him, his generation and the uniquely American sacrifices he made to protect our INCREDIBLY AWESOME NATION!!!
This is a terrifically good story, it's fast paced, you get to meet each player and you get to participate in a truly historical event. Just as he felt that Jude deserved our nations highest honor I feel that this book deserves MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE than a mere 5 stars.
To the man, Rusty Bradley. All I can say is thank you!
MAJ Rusty Bradley's book LIONS OF KANDAHAR exhibit why Special Forces must lead the way in the GWOT. His 3rd Special Forces Group ODA rotated to Afghanistan in 2006, returning to an area where they'd previously deployed and had developed a rapport with the local Afghan National Army contingent. They respected the Afghans' culture while holding them to a high professional and ethical standard, and it resulted in an unshakable bond.
That bond was needed during the battle for Sperwan Ghar, where three ODAs (including Bradley's) meant to provide reconnaissance for a Canadian mechanized column rapidly became involved in a massive battle with upwards of 1,000 Taliban militants. The Talibs were advised by foreign fighters, moving them away from "spray and pray" method and turning them into a formidable and effective fighting force that tested the Special Forces soldiers' limits.
Not only does LIONS OF KANDAHAR show that the bond between SF and the local nationals is the key to winning the war, it dispels the myth that special operations warfighters are invulnerable supermen. While they are trained well above the standard of conventional soldiers and are specifically selected for their intellect, maturity, and superior mental resilience, they are still very much human, feeling fatigue, suffering injuries (many of them severe), and in some cases, paying the ultimate sacrifice.
Bradley's commander's assessment that the Battle of Sperwan Ghar might be one of the greatest battles most people have never heard of is absolutely correct. It was a riveting tale that possessed the kind of courage and grit one wants to read in a war story and the kind of humor that war veterans will readily recognize. I highly recommend this novel to students of history and special operations.