American Spartan - Ann Scott Tyson

American Spartan

By Ann Scott Tyson

  • Release Date: 2014-03-25
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 63 Ratings

Description

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.

Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant changed the face of America’s war effort in Afghanistan. A decorated Green Beret who spent years in Afghanistan and Iraq training indigenous fighters, Gant argued for embedding autonomous units with tribes across Afghanistan to earn the Afghans’ trust and transform them into a reliable ally with whom we could defeat the Taliban and counter al-Qaeda networks. The military's top brass, including General David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, approved, and Gant was tasked with implementing his controversial strategy.

Veteran war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson first spoke with Gant when he was awarded the Silver Star in 2007. Tyson soon came to share Gant’s vision, so she accompanied him to Afghanistan, risking her life to embed with the tribes and chronicle their experience. And then they fell in love.

Illustrated with dozens of photographs, American Spartan is their remarkable story—one of the most riveting, emotional narratives of wartime ever published.

Reviews

  • More like a novel

    2
    By Mstrpara
    Hard to write a review of this book. There is no question of MAJ. Gant's bravery and dedication and that he developed and executed a ground breaking strategy. It is too bad that his behavior negated a lot of this, he should have known that could or would happen. He understood the Afghan culture better than his own profession.In my humble opinion he was right about the tribe by tribe or village by village strategy, that is a perfect overlay of the culture and loyalty. When there, I made an effort to understand the culture and loyalties of the Afghan people and I think I was partially successful but it pales in comparison to MAJ. Gant's. He lived it at a level and intensity that few officers or soldiers did. As for the book--probably too many embellishments that make parts of it unbelievable. The book left me sad based on the final outcome. I hope that MAJ. Gant is at peace and happy, wherever he may be.
  • Must read

    5
    By EHNorquist
    Sometimes effective leaders take the non-traditional approach. The book shows positive efforts applied in this very fashion, along with political backlash associated with warriors who don't take the normal path. Must read for those who grasp to understand Afghanistan and America's military presence.
  • An Incredible Story

    5
    By Dan_level9000
    I'll join the ranks of a few others here who knew or served with Jim and Dan. They may never remember me, we we're only at A-Camp Gereshk (later named after CW2 Price who was KIA while we were there) for a short time, but in their way ODA 316 and especially Jim Gant helped shape my thoughts on war and changed the entire direction of my career. This telling of his story kept me up all night afterwards. Thanks to Ann Scott Tyson for capturing the details and living it too.
  • Compelling and amazing

    5
    By Beverly F in GA
    Incredibly well-written. She takes you to the frontlines of both the war and the love story.