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

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  408 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
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 locati ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by New American Library (first published 2003)
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I'm embarrassed to say that up until a few months ago I had no idea who the Pararescue (PJ) were or that they even existed. I asked my friend when she mentioned them, "What is the difference between a Paratrooper and a Parajumper?" It was explained to me that they are Pararescue.
Fully trained in field medicine, able to do what a Paratrooper can do except they can also do everything that a team medic can do plus much, much more, they can jump from planes and choppers, rappel from choppers, and c
Gregory Dilcox
Dec 17, 2013 Gregory Dilcox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish we could do half stars instead of just full stars because this book was really a three and a half star, not a four but I liked it more than I disliked it so I decided to round up. I really hand little to no information on the PJs of the Airforce which is a shame and I'm glad my friend gave me this book so I could learn a little more. Hirsh was very detailed with the missions of the PJs in Operation Enduring Freedom, really laying out how amazing it is that there is a division in th ...more
Chuck Springer
While I know who the PJ's are, the intense training that they go through and the medical education that they receive is quite impressive. I confess that I expected this book to detail the process for an airman to become a PJ. Yet this book skipped over that crucial element in molding these young men into supporting their motto, "That others may live".

This book was focused on operations during Operation Enduring Freedom. I was surprised by the critical approach to how several military decisions
Our mountain rescue team in Alaska works a lot with PJ's up here. They don't get close to enough credit for what they do or what they have to go through to do it. This book highlights some of their missions in Afghanistan. The book shines when it focuses on the PJ's, their training, and particularly the tragedy of Robert's Ridge. It does less well when the author is critiquing various decision makers (not that they don't deserve it in some instances; just that the book vacillates back and forth ...more
Robert D. Calkins
I list this as "read" because I'm done reading it, though I did not finish it. This is one long "brain dump" and not entertaining. That's too bad, because to me PJ's are bigger heroes than those supposedly elite soldiers who shoot people and blow stuff up. A wasted opportunity.
Cory Hughes
Jan 31, 2016 Cory Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sat on the edge of my seat as read the true stories of Air Force PJ's in combat and saving lives of both allied and US troops. There level of medical and military training is awesome. Would recommend this book.
Aug 07, 2011 Moose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the military
Recommended to Moose by: The History Bookclub
It was a great read and one I enjoyed very much. The only complaint I had was that the author spent too much time complaining about the higher ups and commanders. These sections were littered with rhetorical questions and scathing opinions on the failures of the command. Whether or not the command is in the wrong or not, it was not appropriate to spend so much time on examining it. The book's subject is about the bravery of the Pararescuemen and the risk and sacrifices that they do for our count ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I received a free copy of this audiobook from a Goodreads Giveaway.

While the narrator did a terrific job lending a sense of place and gravity to the book, the author just didn't quite seem to catch that elusive suspension of disbelief in making you feel that you were there, at the moment, in the action. As a wife of an Air Force member and having worked as a civilian with an Air Rescue squadron, those little things that add realism and authenticity were lacking. A shame, really, because the subj
Jan 20, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some awesome stories about the heroes of heroes. Pararescuemen who sacrifice constantly, some who sacrifice it all so that others may live. Hirsh tells the stories well. In such a way that I might imagine myself there, navigating the helo, working on the trauma, watching for the enemy, dealing with temperatures of any extreme; all with so precious little time. I found this to be more of a collection of war and rescue stories, it wasn't one seamless book for me. Still an excellenet resource on so ...more
Wally Mountz
This was good book that gives an insight to the Air Force Pararescuemen. A couple times the author goes off-track and examines particular incidents to assign blame to the loss of men. However, generally this book is very detailed in discussing medical aspects and the military aspects of their job.
Beth Sullivan
Aug 18, 2010 Beth Sullivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers interested in military books, Afghanistan, search and rescue, true heroes.
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The only saving grace of this book is the brave soldiers and airmen whose stories are told. The authors writing is fairly poor. He frequently derails into informal 'chatty' paragraphs about irrelevant matters usually in the climax of a PJ mission to add salt to the wound. The book itself has quite a few errors missed in editing and most of the writing seems to be dictation of an informal chat rather than the quality of writing associated with a book
May 13, 2013 Brent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
Pretty disappointed in the book - They barely mention PJ's! 3/4 of book was about an C-130 crashing on a mountain (with PJ's on board), Chinook crashing on the mountain (see a pattern here?) with PJ's on board.

I was hoping for a book that is similar to SEALs books where they describe the Indoc program, etc. but no...It is all about pilots. :(
Fredrick Danysh
The US Airforce has para-resucemen to jump into emergency situations and rescue downed aircrew among others. The author was imbedded with such a unit and writes about their endeavors. The introduction readers like a travel log and I thought was full of sarcasm. The book was read by Corey Snow.
Dio Aufa Handoyo
The middle of the book was okay, it's like the focus is not really on PJs, more to flying helos and planes. Best parts were the last chapters, the battle involving Rangers & SEALs and other special operations elements, that ultimately took the life of Senior Airman Jason Cunningham.
Jeffrey Carpenter
Sep 29, 2010 Jeffrey Carpenter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I found myself turning pages every time I read it, and I hated having to go to bed at night because I just wanted to continue reading it. It really gives you a sense of what happens in the daily life of a true American Hero.
Brendan Powell
Nov 01, 2011 Brendan Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Having worked with and been friends with many PJ's...I was excited to read about some of their missions, and I was also happily relieved to not see any names that I know. Great book that details many missions in Afghanistan.
Sep 05, 2013 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written. Hard to believe hat this stuff took place over ten years ago...
Funny in parts, scathing criticism of of command staff in others. All in all, a good book about those who put themselves in harm's way "That Others May Live..."
Matt Boesch
Oct 21, 2013 Matt Boesch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I could not even finish this book, it was very poorly written and hard to follow. I felt that the author did not do justice to the true heroes that he was writing about.
Jan 20, 2016 Chainsaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be a mandatory read. Although at times the author lets his emotions and frustrations get the best of him, he well captures the heroism of our nation's Pararescuemen.
Jul 07, 2009 Elisif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has amazing descriptions of what it is like to fly helicopters and planes over the mountains in Afghanistan, and interesting medical details of rescue missions.
Mark Sequeira
Awesome book. A must read. Talks about the account(s) seen in the movie "A Perfect Storm" and many others. similar to "That others might live" another book about the same topic.
Jan 05, 2008 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
Great story on some AF history and some guys that don't get much media coverage. AF PJ's have very few books written about them, this one is a great read.
I enjoyed this book because of the information it provided into missions of the Pararescuemen in Afgahnastan.
This is a great book. The USAF para-rescue jumpers or PJ's are the greatest. Read about some true HEROES!
Rex Fuller
Aug 31, 2012 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may have read every book published about the PJs and this is among the best.
Jennifer Aupke
Aug 09, 2012 Jennifer Aupke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit choppy to read in parts, overa a great read.
May 29, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a very good look into the life of PJ's during OEF.
Ian Johnson
Mar 15, 2011 Ian Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. nothing else can describe it.
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Michael Hirsh is the author of numerous books. During a 40-year career in broadcasting, he produced documentaries and specials for PBS, CBS, ABC and HBO, receiving multiple awards, including the Peabody.

He lives and writes in Punta Gorda, Florida
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