Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces

Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces Review

The Green Berets—a legendary corps of soldiers whose exploits made military history. But now, its very identity and role as a fighting force may be forever changed . . .

Until the war in Iraq, Special Forces were the military’s counterinsurgency experts. Their specialty was going behind enemy lines and training insurgent forces. In Afghanistan, they toppled the Taliban by transforming Northern Alliance fighters into cohesive units. But since that time, Special Forces units have focused on offensive raids.

With time running short, the Green Berets have now gone back to their roots.

Award-winning journalist Kevin Maurer traveled with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan, finding out firsthand the inside story of the lives of this elite group of highly trained soldiers. He witnessed the intense brotherhood, the rigorous selection process, and the arduous training that makes them the best on the battlefield. Here, Maurer delivers a compelling account of modern warfare and of a fighting force that is doing everything in its power to achieve victory.

Title:Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces
Edition Language:English

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  • Carlos Rivera

    It's Ok...but not what you'd expectIt's Ok...but not what you'd expectI chose this book after reading Outlaw Platoon, by Sean Parnell. Although it covers some of the issues of the war in Afghanistan, ...

  • Dustin

    There was nothing wrong with this book, from a conventional standpoint. It was well written, and it was honest. But it was also boring. I admit that my own expectations were to blame. I had been looki...

  • Marc

    The only--only--reason I don't give this book five stars is that Maurer insinuates himself too much into the narrative. Sorry, Kev, but I didn't pick up this book to read about you. The first chapter,...

  • Peter Carey

    I thought this was going to be about the Special Forces in Afghanistan, and while it certainly was that, it was way too much about the author. He couldn’t get out of the way of the story and use “...

  • Ray Comfort

    Not impressed...... .I gazed over the saltiness of my battle rattle as a Lance Col in Vietnam! The essence of it all is that these feel good missions are in general a giant waste of time! I served wit...

  • Mary K Russell

    Green Beret ActionThis is a fact filled book about a period of time spent with the Green Berets in Afghanistan. It us very well written, and lives up to the reputation of the journalist author. I got ...

  • Coray Seifert

    I came in looking to gain a better understanding of special forces in action and got exactly that. As the author himself states, it was an unexpected book, both in structure and in conclusion, but it ...

  • Vera

    This book was utterly boring . The narration was also pretty boring . I though it was a book about USA special forces but instead was more of a story about this guy embedded with them ... no actions w...

  • Chris

    IntriguingWhile there's an attempt to capture the same mentality of the classic "Green berets" I felt like it didn't quite pull back the layers as well. Worth reading for the perspective and the final...

  • Jeff Andersen

    Fun read. Wild series of events. Outlines what some of the 18 series dudes are doing downrange. De Opresso Liber!...