Almost done with 'Horse Soldiers' by Doug Stanton, its the story of the first special operators dropped into Afghanistan right after 9/11. Not even sure where to start with this book except to say that if you like war stories, and more importantly, the role & tribulations of special operators during the crazy weeks & months after 9/11... you are going to LOVE this book, its like crack on paper. I'm considering re-reading it when i'm done & i never do that for atleast a year with any book i've read.
Horse mounted cavalry charges straight into machine guns & tanks like something out of 'The Last Samurai', hellish escape & evade's, how these teams prepare for deployment, operators trying ease tensions between rival warlords, on & on i could go, its easily as close as most of us will ever get to understanding the spec ops world.
I've come away especially impressed with one of the northern alliances main leaders, general Rashid Dostum, often mentioned in the news as a very bad character. But he treated our teams like his own sons, personally swung the momentum of a crucial battle by charging ahead of his severely faltering troops into the worst part of the battle & as far as his feelings for the Taliban he said 'i refuse to live in a country where a man cant drink vodka & women cant wear skirts & go to school'... that is about as good as its gonna get in that country as far as i'm concerned.
Next up, United Nations Journal - A Delegates Odyssey by William F. Buckley jr.