No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan

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Penguin, Mar 6, 2012 - History - 352 pages
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In a remote, enemy-held valley in Afghanistan, a Special Forces team planned to scale a steep mountain to surprise and capture a terrorist leader. But before they found the target, the target found them…

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.
 

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Contents

Premission
Captain Kyle Walton
Staff Sergeant Luis Morales
Specialist Michael D Carter
Master Sergeant Scott Ford
Staff Sergeant John Wayne Walding
Staff Sergeant Dillon Behr
Staff Sergeant Ron Shurer
Walton
Carter
Wurzbach
Escape
Ford
Carter
Howard
Morales

Sergeant First Class Karl Wurzbach
Walton
Staff Sergeant Seth Howard
Morales
Ford
Carter
Staff Sergeant David Sanders
Walding
Behr
Contact
Morales
Behr
Carter
Walton
Ford
Behr
Walding
Morales
Master Sergeant Jim Lodyga
Wurzbach
Howard
Walton
Carter
Shurer
Walton
Ford
The Ledge
Behr
Lodyga
Shurer
Carter
Behr
Walding
Ford
Walding
Ford
Shurer
Walding
Behr
Morales
Ford
Howard
Walding
Walding
Behr
Howard
Walton
Howard
Sergeant First Class Sergio Martinez
Walton
Wurzbach
Walton
Shurer
Ford
Carter
Morales
Walding
Behr
Ford
Wurzbach
Walton
Howard
Walton
Aftermath
Wurzbach
Carter
Shurer
Ford
Morales
Behr
Walding
Morales
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wisdom
Walton
Wisdom
Morales
Wisdom
Wurzbach
Wisdom
Behr
Wisdom
Final Report
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Mitch Weiss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for the Associated Press. In 2003, he was assigned to an investigative series that uncovered the longest string of atrocities carried out by a U.S. fighting unit in the Vietnam War. In recognition of the series "Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths," which led to an investigation by the Pentagon, he was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Weiss currently works for the AP on investigative projects, and an investigative series he wrote about corrupt real estate appraisers won several national awards in 2009. He also was part of a team of AP reporters that won a George Polk award in 2010 for their coverage of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kevin Maurer has covered special operations forces for eight years. He has been embedded with the U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan six times in the last five years and spent ten weeks with a team of Green Berets in Afghanistan in 2010. He has embedded with American soldiers in Iraq, east Africa and Haiti. The author of four books, he co-wrote a memoir of a Korean War veteran and a book about the 2006 Battle of Sperwan Ghar.

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