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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Blehm Narrator: P.J. Ochlan Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Forces team ODA 574 infiltrates the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible mission: to foment a tribal revolt and force the Taliban to surrender. Armed solely with the equipment they can carry on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla warfare, Captain Jason Amerine and his men have no choice but to trust their only ally: a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai who has returned from exile and is being hunted by the Taliban as he travels the countryside raising a militia.

The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy - and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate, for the first time, a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice, intimately exposing the realities of unconventional warfare and nation-building in Afghanistan that continue to shape the region today.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikey Heiser | 1/14/2014

    " ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ ABOUT SPECIAL FORCES AND CIA INVOLVEMENT IN, AFGHANISTAN! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/11/2014

    " Great book looking at the opening days of a few boots on the ground in Afghanistan. Capt. Amerine is a hero in the truest sense, I put him up there with men like Major Winters from Easy Company in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Fuhrman | 1/6/2014

    " An amazing story. A little difficult to follow at times. Lots of miliatry jargon. Coming to the last few chapters which tell about what happened to these men and the response to try and save them left me angry, sad, and thankful at the same time. Well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett Spiva | 1/1/2014

    " A very detailed look at the early days of the invasion of Afghanistan and what a few courageous Americans had to go thru to protect Hamid Karzai and his role in the country's future "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/27/2013

    " Surprisingly good read. Picked it up on a whim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 12/25/2013

    " What an amazing story about an unknown group of heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 12/14/2013

    " I am reading up on IRAQ war stories to try and get a feel of what Adam lived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 11/18/2013

    " This was an amazing tale of Green Berets who helped shape a democracy in Afghanistan. The author details the exploits of a squad of amazing soldiers who put it all on the line for freedom. An interesting, well-written tale of courage and persistence. A great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Labbe | 11/2/2013

    " A great read about a very tough assignment politically, environmentally, and socially "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Henry | 10/24/2013

    " Very well-written narrative non-fiction. If you are unaware of the involvement America had in helping Hamid Karzai rise to power, or of the opening days of our actions in Afghanistan after 9/11/01, I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/27/2013

    " I have to admit I did not actually finish this book. And I probably never will. I got to the part where the guys were going to start dying and I just couldn't bring myself to read about it. It feels like I got to know them and I just don't want to read about the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Thiessmeier | 6/22/2013

    " I remember this time very good as i was part of the St. Petersberg detail and remember the early years in AFG very well. These events are part of my own past, which is weird to see a book about that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Pollard | 5/2/2013

    " Pretty intense. Helped me to better understand what my special forces friends did out there in Afghanistan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/11/2013

    " If you are into military drama, this is the book for you. The last 100 pages are the most exciting, detailing what happens to the ODA 574 group in Afghanistan. Lots of military acronyms that I had a hard time remembering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Lugo | 12/1/2012

    " Incredible to read how the start to the war in Afghanistan began the effect it had on the men who were there for the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/17/2012

    " Hit home for me in many ways. May we always remember our fallen soldiers and those who have sacrificed so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 7/23/2012

    " Well written and informative. Good insight into SF mentality and how they operate. I usually prefer books written by the actual guys on the ground instead of a journalist, but this one seemed well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette Johnson | 6/17/2012

    " The scope of this book was amazing. I don't look at the military the same, or Operation Enduring Freedom... "

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About the Author

Eric Blehm is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist, who has contributed to GQ, Outside, Men’s Journal, Backpacker, Climbing, Couloir, Hemispheres, and the Los Angeles Times. In 1999 he broke ground as the first journalist to accompany and keep pace with an elite Army Ranger unit on a training mission. His access to the Special Operations community and reportage set an important milestone for American war journalism two years before reporters began to gain widespread embedded status with the US military in the War on Terror. Blehm gained a reputation for following stories to remote and risky environments, which has led him to previously untold stories, including one of an elite team of eleven Green Berets who operated in the hinterland of Taliban-held Afghanistan just weeks after 9/11. Winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for The Last Season, he has distinguished himself as one of America’s most important new nonfiction writers. He is also widely known for his participatory coverage of outdoor sports and topics in the realm of adventure travel.