Eagle Down

The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War

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Publisher Description

Wall Street Journal national security reporter takes readers into the lives of frontline U.S. special operations troops fighting to keep the Taliban and Islamic State from overthrowing the U.S.-backed government in the final years of the war in Afghanistan.  
A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 
 
“Powerful, important, and searing." —General David Petraeus, U.S. Army (ret.), former commander, U.S. Central Command, former CIA director

In 2015, the White House claimed triumphantly that “the longest war in American history” was over. But for some, it was just the beginning of a new war, fought by Special Operations Forces, with limited resources, little governmental oversight, and contradictory orders.  
With big picture insight and on-the-ground grit, Jessica Donati shares the stories of the impossible choices these soldiers must make. After the fall of a major city to the Taliban that year, Hutch, a battle-worn Green Beret on his fifth combat tour was ordered on a secret mission to recapture it and inadvertently called in an airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing dozens. Caleb stepped on a bomb during a mission in notorious Sangin. Andy was trapped with his team during a raid with a crashed Black Hawk and no air support.
 
Through successive policy directives under the Obama and Trump administrations, America came to rely almost entirely on US Special Forces, and without a long-term plan, failed to stabilize Afghanistan, undermining US interests both at home and abroad.
 
Eagle Down is a riveting account of the heroism, sacrifice, and tragedy experienced by those that fought America’s longest war.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2021
January 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
PublicAffairs
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
7.1
MB

Customer Reviews

JRT121234345656 ,

Captures the essence

I know many of the men written about in this book. The author did a good job capturing who they are. I’d recommend it to friends.

Zanla Warrior ,

Fantastic Read

This was a very compelling book to read. It gave me a lot of insights regarding SOF soldiers and the intricate political factors that govern their missions. I was glad to read a book that was accurate without offering embellished war stories.

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