“The Only Thing Worth Dying Foris not only brilliant, it’s the one book you must read if you have any hope of understanding what our fine American soldiers are up against in Afghanistan.”
– Former Congressman Charlie Wilson, of Charlie Wilson’s War.
“A skillfully reported and masterfully written account of one of the most crucial moments of the War Against Terror. Blehm reminds us of the perils, the triumphs and the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.”
– Bob Woodruff, ABC News Correspondent.
“Through careful reporting and crisp narrative pacing, Eric Blehm has given us a thrilling, forgotten drama from the opening chapter of the war in Afghanistan. The Only Thing Worth Dying Forwill become an enduring classic of this extraordinary theater, where so much hangs in the balance.”
– Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder.
“Eric Blehm has written a literary masterpiece about modern war. The whole witches’ brew is here: valor, honor, heroism, cowardice, incompetence, stupidity, triumph, blood, death and despair. That America has soldiers like these should fill every American heart with pride. Read this book!”
– Stephen Coonts, international bestselling author of Flight of the Intruder, and The Disciple.
“The work of elite Special Forces is the subject of endless commentary, usually by those who know nothing about it. Blehm provides powerful and unflinching insight into a real-life mission that ended in tragedy but left an indelible mark on history. From the comic moments to the bleakest hour, it’s a testament to how a small team of well-trained men can shape a nation’s destiny.”
– Stephen Grey, award-winning author of Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA’s Torture Program and Operation Snakebite: The Story of an Afghan Desert Siege.
“No other book has gone to such depths in research, nor been so descriptive in recounting this critical mission during the earliest days after 9/11 when the US Army Special Forces successfully waged unconventional warfare in Afghanistan.”
– Sergeant Major Billy Waugh, (US Army Special Forces Retired) author of Hunting The Jackal and Isaac Camacho, An American Hero.
“The greatest story of a small unit’s battle through an untamed land since Lawrence of Arabia.”
– Adam Makos, editor, Valor Magazine.
“A captivating account of our heroic warriors—a remarkable U.S. Army Special Forces unit’s hard-fought success against incredible odds. It reads with the thrill of fiction—but this is the damned deadly real deal.”
– W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV, best-selling authors of The Traffickers and The Honor of Spies.
“[A] stirring account of American Special Forces heroics….The author provides a minute-by-minute account of this dramatic campaign, and the page never flags….a gripping story of admirable men.”
“Blehm’s heroes, along with three-hundred-odd Afghan fighters, rout the Taliban and befriend the locals. Then the Army’s bureaucracy commits a horrific error that destroys the team and almost kills Karzai. Blehm avoids adding to the recent flood of armchair political analysis but uncovers something more true: a parable of the war in the story of one unit.”
“A fascinating story….we should honor [these soldiers’] memory in perpetuity. They are the real deal, thank god we have good men, and great men like these eleven Green Berets.”
“Remarkable book…a fascinating read.”
-Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
“The narrative is so compelling and the conversations so convincing…the reader is there with [the Green Berets].
–New York Post
“Blehm presents a faithful recording of the experience of ODA-574 from first-hand accounts of the surviving members of the team, the American Special Forces unit was tasked with a ridiculously difficult mission: fomenting a rebellion in the Taliban’s south. The book details how the group of eleven men managed to pull this off, in part because of the strength of their training and the unique ability of Special Forces teams to craft strategy-minded plans while on the ground.”
–The Huffington Post
“Blehm’s warts-and-all account of the U.S. military machine in action is full of tension, color and real pathos.”
“Blehm seamlessly directs everyone’s movements and interactions, creating a vivid picture of that brief moment in an isolated corner of what has become a nearly decade-old war. Reads like a great war novel…but the story is true.”
-Henry Mark Holzer