Lawrence of Arabia meets Sebastian Junger’s War
in this unique, poignantly dramatic true story of heroism and heartbreak in
Afghanistan, written by a veteran war correspondent—one of the most remarkable
stories of love and war ever told.
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 to defeat the Taliban and counter al-Qaeda
networks. The military’s top brass, including General David Petraeus, commander
of US 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. Spending time with him, she
began to share his vision. Risking her life, she accompanied him to Afghanistan
to cover the story. And then they fell in love.
American Spartan is their remarkable story—one of the
most riveting, emotional narratives of wartime ever published.
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