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Author: Ann Scott Tyson Narrator: Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780062295705
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tyson tells this story not from a news bureau desk but from the tribal front lines of Konar and Paktia provinces, where she lived it side-by-side with Gant…If you read only one book this year about war or politics, read American Spartan.”

    Steven Pressfield, New York Times bestselling author of Gates of Fire

  • “Tyson concentrates on Gant’s campaign, which produced plenty of fireworks, heroism, suffering and, this being Afghanistan, constant frustration…One of the only satisfying products of a dismally unsatisfying war: this entertaining book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Ann Scott Tyson is a seasoned war correspondent with a decade of combat experience going back to the invasion of Iraq. She has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post, which she left most recently in order to go back to Afghanistan to tell the story in American Spartan. Tyson is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and graduate of Harvard with an honors degree in government. She has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia and speaks Chinese and French. She lives outside of Washington, DC.

About the Narrators

Danny Campbell is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. He is a company member of the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College.

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.