cover of 'The Chosen Few'

A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle
to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan

by Gregg Zoroya

ISBN 13: 9780306824838
$27.00 / $35.00

Published by Da Capo Press

Praise for The Chosen Few

“A searing account of war in Afghanistan...A remarkable story, whose telling raises myriad questions without resorting to polemics. It is unlikely that those who read it will ever utter the phrase, ‘Thank you for your service,’ quite the same way again...A gripping, exhaustively reported account of modern warfare...[Zoroya] cuts through the fog of war...Zoroya delivers the adrenaline of combat right to the reader's easy chair. His prose is direct and clear, and never upstages the action. He also brings the warriors to life, chronicling their trials and triumphs.”
USA Today

“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now producing their own volumes, and this is one of the better ones...Well-researched...The book does an excellent job of telling the entire story of the action...As one of the most highly decorated units in Army history, these men, many of them from broken families and rough backgrounds, are worthy successors to Band of Brothers from previous generations of American fighting men.”
New York Journal of Books

“This is an American story that rivals any in our history for valor, heroism and sacrifice….Paratroopers like the Chosen Few demonstrate what our country has come to expect of our warriors—commitment, selflessness, and grit.”
—Admiral William H. McRaven, (US Navy, Retired)

“A stunning description of raw combat that grabs you by the throat. If you are not determined to win, never send our young men to die.”
Bing West, bestselling author of One Million Steps: A Platoon at War

“Gregg Zoroya is a great reporter and storyteller who perfectly captures the struggle to win hearts and minds in a remote corner of Afghanistan. The Chosen Few puts the reader shoulder to shoulder with a single company of US paratroopers asked to complete an impossible mission. Veterans will read The Chosen Few and get it, but everyone should read it to understand why there are no easy days in combat. The Chosen Few offers a glimpse into the reality of war in Afghanistan.”
Kevin Maurer, award-winning journalist and the bestselling coauthor of No Easy Day

USA Today readers know and respect Gregg Zoroya’sjournalistic excellence and his thoughtful coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a gifted storyteller who has written a powerful, brutal, and exquisitely compassionate story about the men who fought—and those who died—from ‘Chosen Company’ during their fifteen-month deployment in Afghanistan. Zoroya honors these men and their families by skillfully weaving each individual’s personal story—where they came from, who they were, and why they chose to serve—as he documents some of the most horrific and tragic battles of the war.”
Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, founder and president of Give an Hour

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