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

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Very fortunate to receive an early copy of AMERICAN SPARTAN by Ann Scott Tyson yesterday...opened it and didn't close it till well after midnight - this story captivated me like no other I've read on combat actions in Afghanistan since just after 9/11. For the record, I don't know Jim personally, but I do know many of the other men in this book that either gave lift to Jim's One-Tribe-at-a-Time thesis and took a chance, or stonewalled Jim at every turn and contrived childish charges to pad legitimate charges based on a young West Point officer's statement, written after being publically called out by Jim in front of the men down range. As several unnamed sources in the book shared, alcohol is a fact of life, inside the United States, or in very remote places on any battlefield. There isn't a special operations team, in any service, or a team of CIA folks, that could not acquire some form of alcohol in the first 24 hours of arriving if they wanted it - and any senior military officer who thinks that isn't true has not spent a day down range more than a quick helo ride in for a dog and pony visit, and a quick ride out before nightfall. Just because it's available doesn't mean you have to drop your guard and get tanked. I don't condone Jim Gant's every decision or the way he did things, but I do respect the heck out of what he did as a warrior and as an American Special Forces man. I absolutely disagree with some senior leaders in this book that opine Jim Gant somehow threw away all the positive things our Green Berets accomplished in Afghanistan by his isolated actions. When I read about senior specops leaders having the foresight to support Jim's One-Tribe-at-a-Time philosophy it tells me at face value that Jim wasn't entirely off the reservation.Read more ›
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“American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant” is a MUST read for any military enthusiast or for any person deeply interested in the unprecedented quagmires that have unfolded in Afghanistan and equally throughout the United States military, including US Special Operations Command.

The people, places, and interactions are too familiar as one who has spent plenty of time in the region where Gant operated. The activities of engaging the locals, respecting their culture and Pashtunwalli, and keeping promises is what makes Jim Gant stand out. Unfortunately, based off my dealings with some persons in the military, I firmly believe his violations of breaking General Order #1 (and all the subsets of such which includes alcohol consumption, engaging in sexual activities with the woman who later became his wife, etc) had nothing to do with some Military top brass desires in destroying his career. Instead, I am almost certain it had to do with that fact that Gant was a major success in Afghanistan.

The military system is unique where we thrive in ridiculous concepts like “Screw up, Move up” or “Never make your leaders look bad.” While in the battle-space, Gant succeeded in his mission and in doing so, he made some military leaders look like fools. He was all about the traditional Special Force mode of operation involving engagement activities through “Train, Mentor, and Advise” which worked and shunned away from direct action missions (which has actually cost more lives than saved) at all costs. This approach countered military leader’s operational tempos. Therefore, Gant got screwed.
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A true life Spartan warrior. I had the honor of spending a short time with Maj.Jim Gant in Mangwel as well as Mrs. Ann Scott Tyson. Jim was an inspirational leader, mentor, and warrior. What his people did to him was a disgrace and act of cowardice. From the day I stepped foot in Kabul all I heard was how out of control this man was. That's when I knew I wanted to work directly with him and help bring sustainment to his cause.

When you read this story of these heroes, Dan Mckone, Jim Gant, Ish, Abe and the others it will tell you about the corrupt leaders of our government and military. It'll give you an idea of how we could've won the war in Afghanistan. Jim Gant and Dan McKone was well on their way to winning it.....until some desk jockey jealous soldier decided to crush it.

Jim, Ann, Dan, thank you for the time spent with you guys. You'll never be forgotten.

Jason Ladd
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A great read, Ann has a way of transporting you to the scene as she tells this tragic story of how one man had a vision to win a war. Breaking "rules" from the machine when needed and focusing on building relationships and trust. I first read One Tribe at a Time in 2009 and immediately knew if anyone could pull this off, it would be its Author, Major Jim Gant. He got it that you cannot commute daily to the war from a FOB. But like some other programs it may not be transferable or easy to "hand off" to those not as vested in the cultural aspects of Pashtunwali, primarily the system of honor. Both nations owe Jim Gant and his team a great debt for his selfless service and willingness to be the tip of the spear. And I thank Ann Scott Tyson for telling this story in a raw and honest fashion. Outstanding Book ! ^
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