O que se seguiu foram seus dias de tensão e terror. Que finalmente acabaram quando a SAS lançou uma ousada missão de resgate, transmitida ao vivo pela televisão. Milhões prenderam sua respiração, aguardando para ver o resultado da Operação Nimrod.
Sem julgamentos sobre o que testemunhou — a eficiência, a lógica ou o valor da guerra —, o autor oferece um relato a partir de sua perspectiva e aborda o medo, a honra, a confiança que esses homens depositam uns nos outros. Descreve fatos e sentimentos que poucos civis têm oportunidade de ver ou vivenciar: a infindável expectativa da batalha, que entorpece o corpo; os riscos incondicionais que os soldados correm para proteger seus companheiros; a perplexidade e a confusão que tomam conta dos que caem numa emboscada. Com isso, o autor mostra o que significa lutar, servir e enfrentar perigos mortais constantemente.
Ao longo da narrativa sobre o cotidiano dos rapazes da Companhia Battle, Guerra expõe a vida de homens que servem ao exército — o que vivem, veem, aprendem e sentem. Junger recorre à biologia, à psicologia e à história militar para explicar as decisões que eles tomam sob pressão, e contextualizar as provações e as provocações que vivenciam. Com o estilo vívido que marca suas obras, o autor revela a intensidade da exaustão física, o calor sufocante, o barulho da fuzilaria e a angústia da perda.
Guerra descreve, com sagacidade e emoção, uma experiência de vida que há milênios tem sido um ritual destinado aos jovens e fortes: algo que poucos, no conforto de suas rotinas, realmente compreendem, e que continua sendo uma prova definitiva de caráter.
Neste surpreendente thriller, Gil Shannon é um letal atirador de elite e chefeda equipe Seis da SEAL — força especialda Marinhanorte-americana. Ele descobre que umapilotode helicóptero do Exército foi capturada e presa brutalmente em cativeiro no Afeganistão por insurgentes do Talibã.
O sniper de elite decide então sair com sua equipe em uma operação clandestina para libertar a piloto, mesmo contrariando ordens expressas do presidente dos Estados Unidos.Para isso, ele terá apoio de seus agentes e da Força Delta. Gil usará todas as suas habilidades deliderança ecombate— além de suaprecisão e sangue frio— para ter chances de êxito no resgate.
No livro, ele fala abertamente dos sofrimentos da guerra, da morte brutal de alguns companheiros, da ação como atirador e da frieza e precisão que desenvolveu ao longo do serviço, lançando luz não só sobre a perturbadora realidade dos combatentes como também sobre a extrema dificuldade da readaptação dos que retornam ao lar.
Em 2013, Chris Kyle foi assassinado a tiros por um veterano da guerra do Iraque que sofria de estresse pós-traumático, e sua história estará nos cinemas em 2015 em filme homônimo ao livro, dirigido por Clint Eastwood e estrelado por Bradley Cooper.
One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. Lions of Kandahar is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U.S. Army Special Forces commander, an unparalled warrior with multiple deployments to the theater who has only recently returned from combat there.
Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers, lush orchards, and towering marijuana stands, all laced with treacherous irrigation ditches. A mass exodus of civilians heralded the carnage to come.
Dispatched as a diversionary force in support of the main coalition attack, Bradley’s Special Forces A-team and two others, along with their longtime Afghan Army allies, watched from across the valley as the NATO force was quickly engulfed in a vicious counterattack. Key to relieving it and calling in effective air strikes was possession of a modest patch of high ground called Sperwan Ghar. Bradley’s small detachment assaulted the hill and, in the midst of a savage and unforgettable firefight, soon learned they were facing nearly a thousand seasoned fighters—from whom they seized an impossible victory.
Now Bradley recounts the whole remarkable story as it actually happened. The blistering trek across Afghanistan’s infamous Red Desert. The eerie traces of the elusive Taliban. The close relations with the Afghan people and army, a primary mission focus. Sperwan Ghar itself: unremitting waves of fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades; a targeted truck turned into an inferno; the death trap of a cut-off compound. Most important: the men, Americans and Afghans alike—the “shaky” medic with nerves of steel and a surgeon’s hands in battle; the tireless sergeant who seems to be everywhere at once; the soft-spoken intelligence officer with laser-sharp insight; the diminutive Afghan commander with a Goliath-sized heart; the cool maverick who risks all to rescue a grievously wounded comrade—each unique, all indelible in their everyday exercise of extraordinary heroism.
Praise for Lions of Kandahar
“A raw and authentic war story about untamed Green Berets in action.”—Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden
“A powerful and gripping account of a battle that helped shape the war in Afghanistan . . . With crisp writing and page-turning action, Lions of Kandahar is one of the best books written about the conflict.”—Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist and co-author of Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War
“One of the most important documents to emerge from the war in Afghanistan.”—The Seattle Times
“Powerful . . . a riveting account of a strategic battle that doesn’t glorify war or focus on heroic deeds . . . Make room on your military bookshelf for Lions of Kandahar.”—San Antonio Express-News
“Bradley takes the reader into battle.”—Time
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Mark Owen’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, focused on the high-profile targets and headline-grabbing chapters of the author’s thirteen years as a Navy SEAL. His follow-up, No Hero, is an account of Owen’s most personally meaningful missions, missions that never made headlines, including the moments in which he learned the most about himself and his teammates in both success and failure.
Featuring stories from the training ground to the battlefield, No Hero offers readers a never-before-seen close-up view of the experiences and values that make Mark Owen and the SEALs he served with capable of executing the missions that make history.
The team was caught in a deadly ambush that not only threatened their lives, but the entire mission. The elite soldiers fought huddled for hours on a small rock ledge as rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-gun fire rained down on them. With total disregard for their own safety, they tended to their wounded and kept fighting to stay alive. When the battle finally ended, ten soldiers had earned Silver Stars—the Army’s third highest award for combat valor. It was the most Silver Stars awarded to any unit in one battle since Vietnam.
Based on dozens of interviews with those who were there, No Way Out is a compelling narrative of an epic battle that not only tested the soldiers’ mettle but serves as a cautionary tale. Be careful what you ask a soldier to do because they will die trying to accomplish their mission.
Mark Owen describe sus deseos para su segundo libro: “Quiero que No soy un héroe ofrezca algo que la mayoría de libros sobre la guerra no dan: el lado íntimo de la misma, las luchas personales, las dificultades y todo lo que aprendí de ellos. Las historias de No soy un héroe son un testimonio para mis compañeros de equipo y para todos los demás SEAL, en activo o no, que han dedicado su vida a la libertad.
En nuestra comunidad, se nos enseña constantemente a guiar a las nuevas generaciones y a transmitir las lecciones y valores que hemos aprendido a otras personas, para que puedan hacer lo mismo con los chicos que vendrán después de ellos. Esto es lo que planeo hacer para el lector de No soy un héroe”.
Cada página está tan llena de acción como Un día difícil, y con historias que van del campo de entrenamiento al campo de batalla. No soy un héroe ofrece a los lectores una visión de cerca sin precedentes de las experiencias y valores que hacen de Mark Owen capaz de ejecutar las misiones que leemos a diario en los titulares.
From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group—known as SEAL Team Six—has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.
No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and his fellow SEAL team members as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.
In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers into the War on Terror and details the formation of the most elite units in the military. Owen’s story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs’ quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes several missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11.
In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.
As one of the architects of the Cuban Revolution, Guevera had become famous for supporting and organizing similar insurgencies in Africa and Latin America. When he turned his attention to Bolivia in 1967, the Pentagon made a decision: Che had to be stopped.
Major Ralph “Pappy” Shelton was called upon to lead the mission. Much was unknown about Che’s force in Bolivia, and the stakes were high. With a handpicked team of Green Berets, Shelton turned Bolivian peasants into a trained fighting and intelligence-gathering force.
Hunting Che follows Shelton’s American team and the newly formed Bolivian Rangers through the hunt to Che’s eventual capture and execution. With the White House and the Pentagon monitoring every move, Shelton and his team helped prevent another Communist threat from taking root in the West.
Caught in the Chinese counterattack at Unsan-one of the deadliest American battles of the Cold War Era-Colonel Bill Richardson led an Alamo like defense of the few survivors before being taken prisoner. The North Koreans marched them through sub-zero weather without food, shelter, or medical attention to the area known as Death Valley. Enduring torture designed to break the mind and body, Richardson remained strong enough to lead his fellow prisoners in resistance, sabotage, and new plans for escape.
Valleys of Death is a stirring story of survival and determination, an intimate look at the soldiers who fought America's first battle of the cold war in the unvarnished words of one of their own.
Until the war in Iraq, Special Forces were the military’s counterinsurgency experts. Their specialty was going behind enemy lines and training insurgent forces. In Afghanistan, they toppled the Taliban by transforming Northern Alliance fighters into cohesive units. But since that time, Special Forces units have focused on offensive raids.
With time running short, the Green Berets have now gone back to their roots.
Award-winning journalist Kevin Maurer traveled with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan, finding out firsthand the inside story of the lives of this elite group of highly trained soldiers. He witnessed the intense brotherhood, the rigorous selection process, and the arduous training that makes them the best on the battlefield. Here, Maurer delivers a compelling account of modern warfare and of a fighting force that is doing everything in its power to achieve victory.