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Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds Audio CD – CD, May 22, 2012
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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.
Eric G. Dove is an accomplished singer, guitarist, recording artist, songwriter, actor, and voice artist. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous independent films and stage productions. In addition to two album releases of his own, Eric’s songs have been cut by multiple Nashville artists.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 22, 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1455895245
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455895243
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,827,297 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.