American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam

American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam

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In American Heroes, New York Times bestselling author Oliver North offers an inspiring, first-hand account of the extraordinary young American volunteers defending us against radical Islamic terror. Since 9-11-01, North and his award-winning War Stories documentary team have made a dozen extended trips to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines covering U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen and Marines for FOX News Channel. With extensive experience as a decorated military officer, a counter-terrorism expert and as a documentary filmmaker embedded with American combat units, he has a unique perspective on the enemy we face and the qualities of those who protect us.

American Heroes offers a close-up of this generation’s “citizen-soldiers” who have chosen the path of the patriot and gone into harm’s way for their countrymen. North’s unprecedented access, his grasp of history and his lucid reports from the crucible of combat make this a stirring chronicle of courage, commitment, compassion and faith.

Thank God for American heroes.

“Real heroes are selfless. Those who serve America in harm’s way in the war against radical Islam have that quality in abundance. And so do their families and loved ones at home. Yet, they rarely get the attention or coverage they deserve. Despite the way they are too often presented, the men and women in uniform today are overwhelmingly good. I never cease to be amazed at the self-discipline of these brave young Americans. They can endure the adrenaline-pumping violence of an enemy engagement—and then, just minutes later, help children get safely to school. No nation—ours included—has ever had a military force better than the one we have today.” —Oliver North

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501295362
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: War Stories Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Oliver North is a Vietnam veteran awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts during his twenty-two years of service as a United States Marine. Later, he was assigned to the National Security Council staff by former President Ronald Reagan, who called North “an American hero.” Today, he is a New York Times best-selling author, syndicated columnist, and host of the award-winning War Stories documentary series on the FOX News Channel. North has four children, eleven grandchildren, and lives with his wife in Virginia.


Chuck Holton spent four years with the 75th Ranger Regiment, flew military helicopters and now travels the world as the “adventure Correspondent” for CBN. He is the author of five books, including the Task Force Valor Series, A More Elite Soldier, and Bulletproof: The Making of an Invincible Mind. He splits his time between his home in Panama and his farm in Appalachia, where he enjoys raising animals with his wife and five children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction: Hanging Around With Heroes 9

1 The Jihad 15

Wake-up Call 15

Who is the Enemy? 20

Oil Fuels the Jihad 22

The "Lands of the Prophet" 25

We Don't Get it 26

What Do they Want? Why Do they Hate Us? 28

2 Counter-Attack 31

Fighting Back 31

A New Kind of War 35

The First American Casualty 39

The Marines Enter the Fray 40

Into the Hindu Kush 46

Karzai's Courage 51

3 Expanding the War 53

The Case Against Saddam 53

Preparation for Preemption 56

WMD: The Casus Belli 61

Preparing for the Road to Baghdad 65

Embedded—Finally 69

Good to Go 73

4 Hostilities Have Commenced 79

Into the Fight 82

Helicopter Down! 84

Cas-Evac! 95

5 To the Banks of the Euphrates 99

An Nasiriyah, the Bloody Gauntlet 102

With HMM-268 & RCT-5 106

6 Mother of all Sandstorms 109

7 To the Gates of Baghdad 117

They all Fall Down 120

Quagmire 122

Make Ready to Move Out 124

Drive North 126

Across the Tigris 129

Press on to the Capital 130

8 Into Baghdad and Beyond 133

The "Thunder Runs" 138

9 Liberation Loses its Luster 153

Tikrit, Iraq 153

Bayji, Iraq 154

Missteps and the Rise of the Insurgency 158

Dying to Kill Us 164

10 Bloody AnBar 169

"The Most Violent Place on the Planet" 169

Battlefield Innovation 174

"No Greater Friend, No Worse Enemy" 177

No Good News? 179

Hearts and Minds 180

The Fight for Fallujah 183

11 Will Democracy Work? 187

The Election in Afghanistan 187

Iraqi Vote I: National Assembly Election 189

Iraq Vote II: The Constitutional Referendum 192

Iraq Vote III: The New Government 194

12 Turnaround 199

Closing the Terror Pipeline 199

Ramadi: IED Central 206

The Awakening 211

13 Hero Values 217

Courage 217

Commitment 220

Compassion 223

Faith 227

14 Wounded Warriors 233

Sgt Luke Cassidy 235

Sgt Gregory Edwards 236

2nd Lt. Andrew Kinard 238

LCpl Aaron Mankin 241

The Bottom Line 244

15 The "Other Heroes" 247

When Dad is at War 251

Keeping it Together at Home and at War 254

E-mail Cuts the Time but Can't Close the Distance 257

16 Getting it Done! 259

How Iraq has Changed 262

Why Don't We Hear More of this Kind of News? 268

How they Did it 270

Can it all Still Go Wrong? 274

Where We Could Do Better 274

17 Dispatches From A Forgotten War 279

Index 297

Glossary 301

Image Credits 303

Freedom Alliance 304


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