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on March 18, 2014
It seems that Mr. Blehm didn't do enough research when writing this book and relied heavily on interviews of the men in the unit. Of course, there are no braver men anywhere and their opinions certainly matter, the fact is, Amerine was just a Captain. Unfortunately U.S. Army Captain's don't get to see the 'big picture'. There was some heavy and damning criticism of some very highly regarded individuals, both of who are now Generals. One still on active duty in the Army and one Retired Marine. A few sources in the know claim the book's criticism of one Army LTC (now Brigadier General) is complete nonsense. The type of criticism leveled at a field grade officer by a junior officer in his command.
It's difficult to decide if CPT. Amerine (Now LTC Amerine) convinced Eric Blehm to include this in his book, or if Blehm decided this on his own. Either way, more research should have been done.
Otherwise, the book is significant. It shows the lack of respect early in the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan of Hamid Karzai. Blehm shows his lack of knowledge of the military by criticizing the decision by higher command to bring a higher ranking officer to consult with Karzai than a Captain.
Even with the flaws, it's still a decent read. I want to stress that you not dismiss Eric Blehm's other military book "Fearless". This book, about Navy SEAL Adam Brown is a 100% must read! Without question!