Item description for Two Wars: One Hero's Fight on Two Fronts--Abroad and Within by Nate Self...
Overview Army Ranger hero Self recounts the Roberts Ridge Rescue mission, the ferocious battles in Afghanistan, and the lone war of attrition that he has waged against post-traumatic stress disorder to show how his family and his faith pulled him through. (Motivation)
Publishers Description Former army ranger Nate Self, a hero from the Robert's Ridge rescue in Afghanistan, tells his whole story--from the pulse-pounding battle in the mountains of Afghanistan to the high-stakes battle he has waged against post traumatic stress disorder. This book will become a go-to book for understanding the long-term effects of the war on terror. Thousands of families are fighting this battle, and Nate opens up his life--including his successes, tragedies, struggles with thoughts of suicide--to show how his faith and his family pulled him through.In a nutshell: Excellent book for military familes trying to cope with the family pressures of a soldier's active duty. Inspirational book for a soldier struggling with post traumatic stress disorder. Helps readers understand the importance of faith in dealing with the war. An up-close-and-personal account of the war on terror; and the story of one soldier's faith. An insider's account of Robert's Ridge Rescue in Afghanistan.
By Nate Self
Page Count: 400
Dimensions: 6 x 9
In a nutshell:
* Excellent book for military families trying to cope with the family pressures of a soldier's active duty.
* Inspirational book for a soldier struggling with post traumatic stress disorder.
* Helps readers understand the importance of faith in dealing with the war.
* An up-close-and-personal account of the war on terror; and the story of one soldier's faith.
* An insider's account of Robert's Ridge Rescue in Afghanistan.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.34" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.09" Weight: 1.49 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414320094 ISBN13 9781414320090
Reviews - What do customers think about Two Wars: One Hero's Fight on Two Fronts--Abroad and Within?
Great Men in this Story, Tough Battle but ... Apr 17, 2010
First off as a Vietnam Vet my hat goes off not only to the Author but to his men on the mission he writes of in his book. I honor them and all the troops today, they are so much more professional than in my day. It is a good book, a great story and some great warriors. I am not critical of the story, the men or the Author. I just found it a little disjointed at times, I had trouble following the time line in his life but have no question of the Authors honesty and sincerity. He bared his soul in the book and was quite honest about his strength and weaknesses.
He writes surprisingly honestly about his Christian faith, but has a chapter about 'allegations' someone from the battle made about the day after his return about his use of Christ's name in vain during the battle. The Ranger in question just pointed out that he knew the battle was serious when he heard the Captain say what he said. the ensuing discussion with himself and considering confronting the soldier because in his life he said he never once swore I found a little self-serving and it took away some from the book for me. That doesn't take away from what he did or that he is a hero but it just seemed a little off for me.
His battle descriptions were real but fell short for me due to a lack of real language. I know from experience that when you get hit or a near miss 9 out of 10 will be swearing as they fire back. Now I don't doubt that they did but the Author's choice not to really include that to me made it lose some realism. I'm sure it is because of his beliefs, which I admire, but he lost a little from the realism of the story.
You'll also learn of the incredible lack of leadership that the Author and others I am sure suffer from. It is incredible to me that we have Colonel's, Generals and the like sitting way back from the rear and watching battles via Predator fed images live and trying to direct and make decisions. Unbelievable to say the least. Then they left these guys alone for hours before providing an extraction and then people dying before the birds came. Sad state of affairs at the top these days and the Author documents that well and honestly.
My last point is the last chapter by the former Chaplin, while a moving and touching tribute, surprised me because I hadn't heard of this particular Chaplain throughout the book so it had me wondering,'who is this guy'? I never really figured that out but it was a great ending.
The chapter by his wife I thought was excellent. I would have liked to know a little more about his battle with PTSD and his solution to get where he is today.
All that said, it is a book I will keep in my collection, glad I read it and my thanks to the subjects of the story.
Great Story Jan 21, 2010
Nate Self and his hero friends are forever in our debt for their countless sacrifice and service.
Will always have a place on my bookshelf, displayed with pride Jan 14, 2010
First, on a personal note, this book means alot to me...while an outpatient at Project Victory to deal with my PTSD and TBI due to injuries I sustained in Iraq, I was both honored and privileged to meet Nate in person, and not only received his book, but also had it signed with a personal message. Nate was a very approachable, kind, and friendly person.
SO, as for the book...
The first chapters talk about Nate's life prior to going to West Point, as well as his West Point and Bosnia experiences. I feel this was necessary to be included as this isn't a "war story", but rather one of inspiration, and to know the author better understands both his personality and convictions.
The largest section is, of course, his experiences in Afghanistan, mainly Robert's Ridge (Takur Gahr). His description of the battle is riveting to the point that you truly understand the situation and is described in detail to an equal of such books as We Were Soldiers or Blackhawk Down (these both became blockbuster movies...if Two Wars does also, Nate, you owe me for this idea!).
The final act of the book, if you will, is about his internal struggles both at home and through a deployment to Iraq.
I have to say this book helped me. I can't say I know how Nate felt exactly, but I can definitely understand it. I had my issues, such as alcoholism, depression, and a divorce, and from the initial injury it took over 2 1/2 years to be fully fit for duty again, but I did...Through faith, friendship, and family, I was able to recover as Nate did. For anyone who wants some understanding of what it's like to have PTSD, this book is an excellent insight. Other books/movies, such as Home of the Brave, do it in a way that makes returning soldiers psychotic individuals who've become nothing more than useless sociopaths unable to adapt to society, and this couldn't be further from the truth. Nate illustrates that PTSD is an injury, and like all injuries, causes pain, not just personal but family as well, but is treatable.
Really, this book has appeal I feel to many types of readers....for anyone wanting a good war story, a story of inspiration and triumph (personal, emotional and spiritual), or even Christian readers, as Nate clearly holds much of his personal success and healing to his faith.
As I continue my career, soon retiring the rifle and picking up a Bible to be a chaplain, I know this book will ALWAYS have a special place on my bookshelf.
Operation Anaconda Aug 29, 2009
Two Wars by Nate Self is good reading, especially for those who have deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. Tragic combat events leading to the deaths or severe injuries of comrades in arms is a life changing experience. In some cases, the question of "why them and not me" becomes the enduring.
The book reflects this... of lost brothers in arms on that fateful day atop Takur Ghar, Paktia Province, Afghanistan, March of 2002.
Having moved in and around Gardez some months after Operation Anaconda, the historical vibrations of Operation Anaconda were still very prevalent and on our collective minds. Driving down the road from Gardez into Zermat and looking up at those 10,000 to 12,000 foot mountains and knowing then the daunting challenge of working those mountains gave all of us pause.
Having read (several times) Sean Naylor's book about of Operation Anaconda from the planning stages to execution..and Pete Blaber's (acting commander, Gardez-LTC/Delta) excellent book recently published provides another dimension to fully understand the operational planning and the tactical implications of what happened in the Shahikhot Valley during Operation Anaconda.
I was most anxious to read Self's book as he and the Rangers, Air Force controllers/PJ's-Medics and the Night Stalker crew were on the ground during what was nearly 12 hours of sustained combat. The book provides in great detail the events on the ground... .and gives tribute to those who died on top of that mountain.
With the combined readings, one cannot fully understand how several key and mission essential command planning/execution tasks were overlooked. For whatever reason, unity of effort, communication and command/control influence were components of the causation of events atop Takur Ghar.
Specifically: 1. After several days of units in contact in the valley; with knowledge the enemy had secured the high ground with full intent to engage, why did the command element at Bagram AB allow Razor A/C units to land on the top of Takur Ghar? By some accounts, the intelligence people at Bagram specifically stated the enemy would probably on top of Takur Ghar since that mountain top was key terrain. Historically, those who fought against the Russians always took the high ground and the battle against the Russians in this same valley was well documented.
2. Command and control from Gardez (location of Delta & SF teams, CIA) was transferred to either Bagram or Masirah Island off the coast of Oman; frequencies were changed without knowledge of some of those critical to the mission downrange.
3. And perhaps, the most revealing was the top of Takur Ghar was the enemy in full sight with built up fighting positions/bunkers, but also a 1000 lb donkey (check the photo portion reference this book). The donkey was used for hauling the enemy's gear up the mountain tied to the tree in front of the trench line about 70 meters from where MH-47 went down atop Takur Ghar . With all the technical and sophistical electronic gear, it would seem someone in command would have ordered the Predator for a close in "look" to validate what the AC-130 crew had indicated previously stated-NO ENEMY ATOP TAKUR GHAR.
Those who ask.."why them and not me" is also the endearing question of those who took Omaha and Utah beaches of June 6th... or the Rangers who climbed and fought at Pointe Du Hoc that same day, or at Bastogne with the 101st....or perhaps the faceless souls lost in the Ashau or Ira Drang Valley....those who fought in Fallujah..or those of the 173rd at Wanat. Simply said, there is no answer-it is just war.
Those who survived owe it to those who did not... to look forward. Let the tragedy of it all fade into history.
And for those who gave so much, we shall never forget for they all are in warrior heaven.
story of inspiration Jul 22, 2009
Stereotypes of Christian men often involve words like "emasculate," "effette" and "soft." In this book, you see how someone can be transparently Christian, but who can still do things with weapons and equipment that 99% of regular society cannot do. This book introduces the reader to men who pray and who worship Jesus, but who are also some of the leanest and meanest fire breathin, knuckle draggin, door kickin, combat Soldiers around. The Army needs more people like Nate Self. Christians need more people like Nate Self. Society in general needs more guys like Nate Self. He is a remarkable human being and this is a remarkable book.