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Matt Zeller, author of Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan, is the CEO and Co-Founder of No One Left Behind, a non-profit dedicated to resettling the Afghan & Iraqi translators who served with the U.S. military at war. Matt is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, a Fellow at the Truman Project for National Security, an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, and a former intelligence analyst.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Just World Books (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935982206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935982203
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt takes us through his deployment with skill and knowledge, yet never loses his sense of compassion and often flavors it with wit and sarcasm. Colorful episodes of an obviously life changing time in his life told as I've never heard a soldier's tale told before. As our politicians seem to be sweeping this war under their campaign carpets, Matt reminds us of the sacrifices that thousands of our brave men and women have faced over the past 11 years and opens up a closer look at what they often face once they return home.
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I have to preface this review by stating that I am a former colleague of the author. We served in the Headquarters of the same National Guard brigade in New York State. I had only recently returned from a deployment to Iraq as a Civil Affairs Officer. When I met him, Matt was a junior Military Intelligence Officer, extremely motivated and professional. He picked my brain about my Iraq experience and the people; I willingly obliged as no one else seemed interested. They were too busy "planning". I remember thinking: "If any of the other junior officers are as professional, willing to learn, and able to think 'outside the box', we may just win this new kind of war." Hell, Matt doesn't even remember what the box looks like..

As I read the first chapters, my mind kept going back to my pre-deployment for Iraq. I was eager and naive (in the sense that I couldn't possibly know what to expect). This is the state of mind we find Zeller and his fellow soldiers, knowing that, even after they completed their grueling, mind-numbing training, there was still the specter of Afghanistan looming on the horizon. At the beginnings of the chapters, there are black and white photos of Matt and his teammates, many of whom were friends and associates I'd helped train before my retirement. I couldn't help feel for them, knowing that they would never be the same within a year.

Matt soon finds himself in harm's way, pinned down by enemy fire; he's scared, but he's more scared that he will let down his comrades than get shot. Once again, I can identify with this. I recognize the stages that my troops and I went through 5 years before, in a different sandbox.
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Zeller does an excellent job of detailing from start to finish, top to bottom, exciting to mundane, what its like to do a tour as an embedded trainer with Afghan Security Forces. He captures the thrill, terror, boredome, confusion, bonding and bickering that goes on when men go to war, let alone men from two different cultures and countries united in the cauldron that is Afghanistan.
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I learned so much I did not know about the war in Afghanistan. Matt Zeller's writing is concise and passionate enough to make the reader feel they are there experiencing what he did. Through his eyes we see triumphs at progress and frustrations when progress comes to an abrupt halt, and for multiple reasons. We owe Matt and the men and women like him a bundle of appreciation for their sacrifice in serving our country. This is a good read that I highly recommend.
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I read this book while our son was deployed to "the sandbox" and Matt's point I believe is to educate our leadership about what actually happens and what lessons he learned. This should be required reading for our military and politicians who make decisions to send our men and women into harms way. THANK YOU for serving Matt and for being brave and dedicated enough to write this book. Don't read this for entertainment but rather to get a good close up understanding of what it takes to make a difference!
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