The Only Thing Worth Dying For by Eric Blehm

The Only Thing Worth Dying For

Eric Blehm, author of the award-winning The Last Season, is back with another true adventure story, The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets led by Captain Jason Amerine that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, The Only Thing Worth Dying For is, in the w...


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TitleThe Only Thing Worth Dying For
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Release DateJan 8th, 2010
PublisherHarperCollins e-books
LanguageEnglish
GenreWar, Military Fiction, Nonfiction, History, Military, Military History, Favorites
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  • S.
    2013-10-06
    Falling between the war memoir and the special forces history, THE ONLY THING WORTH DYING FOR covers the infiltration of Hamid Karzai and eleven US Army Special Forces operatives into Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the work suffers from the same handicap as the mission: as everything is political, the soldiers can't engage without an OK from Washington, and much time is spent drinking tea with Kazakhs rather than fighting. And while escorting Karza...
  • Troy
    2011-04-05
    Some striking parallels between this and "Lone Survivor", which I also just finished. Interestingly, this one takes place at the very beginnings of the Afghan war, with really interesting focus on Hamid Karzai before he took the international stage - and is full of optimism. "Lone Survivor" took place later, after the pace and the mission had taken on more form - and was full of pessimism.Both carry the theme of very capable, diverse and dynamic ...
  • Paul Ruiz
    2011-02-10
    I haven't had much time to read so I try to be really selective before investing the time. This book will primarily appeal to men, but I suspect many women will also find it an engaging read. Story involves a particular A team that was charged with safeguarding Hamid Karzai enroute to Kandahar during the months after 9/11 when it appeared he would be the moderate voice of a new Afghanistan, who could also unite the many factions in that country. ...
  • Jacqueline Patricks
    2017-07-20
    Being former Army (Intel) and an ex-fiancee of a Green Beret, I've always been fascinated by Special Forces. This book is well-written and represents Green Berets very much as I remember them (short of being one myself). It also represents the military and all its red tape and esprit de corp accurately. Quite the read that I sped through in two days. It's written as third-person omniscient, not my favorite POV, but it works perfectly for this sto...
  • David Zimmerman
    2017-09-26
    Eric Blehm deserves every recognition he has received for the writing of "The Only Thing Worth Dying For." This is history retold at its best, drawing you into the action, connecting you to the men whose story it tells, and touching your soul with their heroism, their commitment to duty, and their sacrifice. It has so much to say about the men who risked - and gave - their lives for a cause they believed was much bigger than themselves. And it ha...
  • Patrick
    2011-01-16
    Not having read T.E. Lawrence myself, I don't know whether the editor of "Valor" magazine was right to call this book "The greatest story of a small unit's battle through an untamed land since 'Lawrence of Arabia.'"What I am sure of is that Eric Blehm won the trust of the Special Forces A-Team whose mission he chronicles here. Those Green Berets are, among other things, fine judges of character. Blehm tells their story straight, touching on every...
  • Diane Samdahl
    2010-04-23
    I picked this book up because Blehm's first book (The Last Season) was so well written. Based on interviews with the men involved, Blehm recounts the story of a Special Forces troop (green berets) who were the first military to infiltrate southern Afghanistan in 2001, protecting then-unknown Hamid Karzai as he rallied the Pashtun to overthrow the Taliban. In spite of my aversion to books and movies about war, I was quickly pulled into this one an...
  • Tracy
    2015-01-30
    This book will break your heart for many reasons. One reason is that good men died in a foreign land, wearing the uniforms of the United States. The second reason is that even after all the sacrifices of our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines, Afghanistan is still battling the Taliban. The third reason is that this book exposes pettiness and in-service fighting on several levels that had disastrous consequences.However, the book is not all do...
  • Jeff Siegel
    2012-06-04
    I come away from this book with admiration for some the heroic individuals who conducted themselves with honor and integrity under difficult circumstances; with anger for some of the idiotic decisions made by power hungry senior military commanders (and their efforts to blame others for their mistakes); and with sadness -for those who needlessly lost their lives due to those mistakes-and the individual whose targeting error resulted in a calamito...
  • Daniel Talley
    2017-01-02
    Once again it never surprises me to hear of such bravery, valor, courage and humbleness as I read these amazing stories of Americas soldiers and airmen! Just something they do day in and out that we civilians never know about. God bless these men and their families! An outstanding book highly recommend!
  • Anthony O'Brian
    2017-10-07
    I know this is saying a lot, but it is true. This book is a MUST-READ for anyone interested in military history. Especially if you have any interest in modern-warfare history, but this extends to any interest in my humble opinion.Realizing this could be confused with hyperbole let me say this:What "Caine Mutiny", "With the Old Breed" & "Unbroken" is to WW2, "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" is to the Vietnam War, "Blackhawk Down" is to modern war...
  • Susie Dokos
    2018-03-18
    TURE TO LIFE. BECAUSE IT'S TOLD BY THOSE WHO WERE THERE.Great story of what it was like it the opening stages of the war on terror. With all the problems that you would expect. Plus some you wouldn't. Outdated maps, no military personnel with sufficient language skills. Overbearing glory seeking Headquarters units. However it is an exciting read. That points out that the armed services have to support each other. To get the immediate mission acco...
  • Xin
    2017-12-15
    Great book. Great writing. Great story. It helps me understand the recent history in Central Asia & Middle East. I grew up reading Newsweek stories about how children of Afghanistan not only didn't have school to go to, they spent their days haunting cemeteries to find bones of dead people to sell to Pakistan for the making of bone china. So my perspective might be slightly biased here--I was in total support of the Afghanistan war. I totally app...
  • Ryan Lackey
    2017-09-17
    This is largely the story of roughly the same time period as Gary Schroen's excellent "First In", which was the CIA ("Jawbreaker" team) perspective (this book is the US Army SF perspective). ODA 574 (this book) worked with Karzai; ODA 555 with Jawbreaker/CIA, and several other SF ODAs throughout the country.Several excellent books were written about this period -- the best way to learn about our lost opportunity to quickly win a limited victory i...
  • Carrie Daws
    2017-09-04
    I'm not sure it's right to say I enjoyed this book, although I did like the storytelling writing style of the author. The subject matter was difficult to get through at times, particularly the end, but that doesn't mean it's not important for us to better understand what these heroes did--for us and for Afghanistan. One caveat: this book is about Green Berets at war, and Mr. Blehm allowed the to act and speak as Green Berets within his story. Whi...
  • Lisa
    2017-06-28
    Very good story about ODA 574 in the days right after September 11, 2001. These men are amazing and did a great job in Afghanistan. This book helps me understand, just a little bit, about what was happening and how it came about to send in ODA 574. Very proud of the men of ODA 574 and the Afghan rebels.The author is a very good story teller. This is the first book of his I have read. He is definitely is one I would consider reading another one of...
  • Jonathan Price
    2018-04-15
    BrilliantReads like a novel, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Special Forces or the Afghan war.
  • Andrew
    2017-11-25
    DNF. Very dry and makes it hard to keep attention to bother learning what is going on.
  • Ian e Webster
    2017-08-29
    WowVery gripping story. It really drives home the point that freedom isn't free. I hope those soldiers did not die in vain.
  • Dan Williams
    2017-09-18
    Eric Blehm is a great story teller and this story holds no punches. Reads like a novel.
  • Jimmy
    2016-09-28
    This is the story of a US Special Forces team called ODA 574 and their mission in sourthern Afghanistan in the early days of the US invasion after September 11th. The author interviewed the survivors of the team, other military servicemembers who interacted with the team and also poured over official government documents. Most amazing of all is the fact that the author got to interview Hamid Karzai himself, the president of Afghanistan whom at th...
  • Jerome
    2012-02-09
    This book was pretty good.Very detailed account of an operation I had always wanted to learn more about.However,Blehm has no military experience, which hampers his storytelling. If you are a deeply read student of the war and Afghan history in general, then Blehm insults your intelligence and forgets that the average reader has probably read similar books and does not need footnotes to explain basic military jargon.Blehm claims that US soldiers a...
  • Fred
    2016-01-02
    A good book about the first Special Forces teams in Afghanistan after 9/11 that was pieced together from After Action Reports and interviews with the people in and around the events to include Hamid Karzai himself. This covers the team of Green Berets that were used to actually insert and escort Karzai from Pakistan back into Afghanistan and how they went about stirring up the Guerrilla War in the South. To be honest, the whole thing probably wou...
  • Neil Kutensky
    2013-09-24
    The Only Thing worth Dying for by Eric Blehm is a biography that was published January 19, 2010. This book takes place in Afghanistan as many of the books of this type do. It also has the same vague information about locations as modern military books do. The main location the book talks about is Islamabad. There are many names mentioned in this story, and it is extremely possible that the majority of them are aliases to protect the identities of...
  • Stephen Armstrong
    2013-10-03
    Some reviewers are unduly picky about this book (e.g., too much military description of small stuff) and some are wrong (main setting is Islamabad).I found this book to be thoroughly detailed and well-written. The plot focus is on how a group of highly trained U.S. forces helped install Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's interim leader prior to its constitutional assembly. The other plot axis is the detailed inner workings of the small group of soldie...
  • Matt
    2010-04-12
    A very interesting description of the workings of a Special Forces unit (Green Berets) under combat conditions. It's fascinating to see the effectiveness of these soldiers and how much easier it is to foment an insurgency than to run a counter-insurgency (which has largely fallen to the more standard units of the military). Blehm is careful to recreate events and conversations as accurately as he can; however, he sometimes goes back over the same...
  • Jerry
    2016-01-17
    This not the war story I expected to read but it is very good and engaging. It enlightened me as to how special forces ODAs operate in various environments and that when it comes down to the individuals--the kind of men that become green berets are rough, tough, and unique in about the same ways whether they fought in 2001 or 2016--and are the kind of guys you want on your side when stuff happens. Stories like this need to be told and perhaps lis...
  • Larry Zieminski
    2010-08-19
    I didn't know anything about this book before I started reading it. The terrible tragedy that happens to Special Forces team came as a surprise (though it is alluded to a few times in the book). I was moved by this account of the small team of Green Berets who put their training to the test and tried to help take over Afghanistan. It is hard not to read this story with the knowledge we have now (The Taliban weren't completely defeated, Karzai mig...
  • Brad
    2013-12-29
    This was a surprisingly great book. While an extremely detailed look at one of the earliest, and most critical, chapters of US involvement in post-9/11 Afghanistan, it's the kind of detail the average American wants. Blehm does not bog down the story as so many current military authors do by regaling you with the specifications of each and every weapon and tool the Green Berets were using. Instead he tells you just enough to move the narrative al...