Gentlemen Bastards

Gentlemen Bastards

On the Ground in Afghanistan With America's Elite Special Forces

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
The Green Berets—a legendary corps of soldiers whose exploits made military history. But now, their very identity and role as a fighting force may be forever changed…

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 in the almost nine years since, Special Forces units have forgone their previous mission, instead focusing on offensive raids. With time running short, the Green Berets are going back to their roots and have started to focus on training Afghan security forces and building an Afghan government one village at a time.

Award-winning journalist Kevin Maurer traveled with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan, finding out first hand the inside story of the lives of this elite group of highly trained soldiers. He witnessed the intense brotherhood built upon the Special Forces’ rigorous selection process and arduous training that makes them the smartest soldiers on the battlefield. He also discovered the boredom of chasing an elusive enemy and managing third world cops and the infighting between teammates and other units.

Nine years after the start of the Afghan war, Maurer delivers a compelling account of modern warfare and of a fighting force that is doing everything in its power to achieve victory on a complex twenty-first century battlefield.

Baker & Taylor
An award-winning reporter who traveled with Green Beret Special Forces in Afghanistan describes how over the past nine years their focus has shifted from going on offensive raids to training Afghan security forces and building a new government.

Book News
Maurer, an award-winning journalist, has been embedded with US Special Forces in the Middle East and Africa. Here, he attempts a contemporary version of Robin Moore's book Green Berets, describing today's Special Forces in Afghanistan in 2010. His first-hand account of the lives of individual members, their training, and their teamwork portrays Special Forces as not only the strongest, fastest soldiers but also the smartest, as they cope with danger and terrorists as well as boredom and internal conflicts among units. The book is illustrated with b&w photos of the team, from the author's collection. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Describes how over the past nine years the Green Beret Special Forces in Afghanistan's focus has shifted from going on offensive raids to training Afghan security forces and building a new government.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780425252697
Characteristics: 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 16, 2013

I was a bit disappointed with Kevin Maurer's latest book and he's written some excellent books. I guess an embedded reporter can only write what he sees or hears. He was embedded with a Green Beret A-Team.


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