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None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism | [Michael Hirsh]

None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism

From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia. Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers - or PJs - as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage.
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From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia.

Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers - or PJs - as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage. Among them: the drama of a plane crash at 10,000 feet in the Hindu Kush mountains, where PJs climb with 100-pound packs through chest-deep snow to rescue the crew; the tension of an unprecedented nighttime combat parachute jump into the middle of an Afghan minefield; and the heartbreak during Operation Anaconda, when seven American fighting men die, including the first PJ killed in combat since Vietnam.

©2003 Michael Hirsh (P)2013 Tantor

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    JLS 02-06-15
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    "Great book about the PJs"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Great stories of selflessness from the PJ community. There are a lot of really awesome stories contained in this book. You get an appreciation for these men and what they are capable of doing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    That Others May Live


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    mitchell STATEN ISLAND, NY, United States 01-17-15
    mitchell STATEN ISLAND, NY, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "extraordinary from a NYC Paramedic"

    ok found it exhilarating and I remembered my 26 years with NYCEMS and I cried.

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    Vygramul Annandale, VA United States 04-12-14
    Vygramul Annandale, VA United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Edge-of-Your-Seat and Sobering"
    What made the experience of listening to None Braver the most enjoyable?

    Hirsh humanizes the soldiers and Snow brings their humanity to life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jason Cunningham for always thinking of others


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When a PJ trainer goes to the extreme of rappelling down a building to catch trainees talking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The pain of a family having to bury their loved one.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys story about people whose job it is to save others, for people who are interested in real military accounts, and for people who find helicopters interesting, Nothing is over-explained, everything is relevant, and there are no "boring parts." The narrator has the right timbre for the subject matter and does a great job giving the people life - the very reason we buy audiobooks.

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    M. Call 03-01-14
    M. Call 03-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    What was most disappointing about Michael Hirsh’s story?

    I did not get the sense that the author respected the military and wrote the book as a reporter covering a news story.


    Any additional comments?

    The title of this book does not fit the book. The book is just a collection of brief stories from a reporter who happened to interview some of the participants. Based on the stories I am not sure if the PJ's interviewed held back, or if the author just didn't do a good job. After I completed the book I felt that I had wanted more. I am not often critical, but in this case there are many other books that cover our bravest warriors that you may want to consider before you pick this one up.

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