American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

by Ann Scott Tyson


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062114990
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 437,844
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ann Scott Tyson is a war correspondent with a decade of combat experience, beginning with the invasion of Iraq. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, she has written for the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post and contributed to the Wall Street Journal. She and Jim Gant are married and live in Seattle, Washington.

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American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
chalkdust423 More than 1 year ago
This is a true story the United States Army does not want anyone to know about. Major Jim Gant, a Silver Star, Purple Heart and Special Forces officer wrote a piece for the military titled "One Tribe at a Time." The Army thought enough of his proposal that he was assigned to Afghanistan for almost two years. He and his team had amazing success in training local tribes to defend their villages and to fight the Taliban. He and the US soldiers who served with him dressed like Afghans, ate with the Afghans, learned to speak the language of the tribe they were imbedded with. They were "adopted" by Afghan families. One young West Point Lieutenant decided that Major Gant wasn't following Army procedure and caused a firestorm of trouble for an APPROVED mission in Afghanistan. Many tribal leaders even held a meeting trying to defend Major Gant asking that he stay and help them. Major Gant was not a perfect individual, nor is anyone. He did not deserve what happened to him. This is the one book you must read if you read no other military history book this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phenomenal and vivid account describing the complexities of the war in Afghanistan. Branching off into theoretical military strategies, strategic application, integration with honorable Afghan forces, and an intimate love story. Ann Scott Tyson has succeeded in thoroughly attending to each 'branch'', providing the reader with a rare, invaluable non-fiction chronicle.
johniew398 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books where you start reading it and you can't stop reading it. Exciting, educational, and sometimes sad. I wonder what happened to Lt. Roberts. He's one of those Lt.'s that during the Vietnam war would get fragged by his own men.
taospainter More than 1 year ago
The author is obviously biased towards the protagonist (her husband) but this book gives great insight into why we are losing our presence in the Mid-East and why our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were such disasters. Will we ever learn?
efm More than 1 year ago
Amazing story of the war in Afghanistan and betrayal by commanders in the rear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a self serving book by a woman who along with her immature boyfriend actively tanked a vital mission by acting like giddy teenagers putting their libidos ahead of the mission and the men Gant led. There was a betrayal, but it was Gant not the Army who committed it.
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Buy it for freedom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A veteran of the Covenant War. You should know me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age: 16/ height: 5'4"/ weight: 90 pounds/ appearance with armor: jet black mjolnir armor. Traditional except for the fact that it is slimmer and smaller./ appearance without armor, not many know as she never seems to take it off./ preffered loadout: DMR, energy sword, frag grenades and throwing/combat knives.