The Lion of Sabray

The Lion of Sabray

The Afghani Warrior Who Defied the Taliban and Saved the Life of Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell

Book - 2015
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"Patrick Robinson, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Lone Survivor shares the gripping untold story of Mohammed Gulab, the Pashtun warrior who defied the Taliban and saved the life of American hero and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Bestselling author Patrick Robinson helped Marcus Luttrell bring his harrowing story of survival in Lone Survivor : the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10 to the page and the big screen. But the Afghani man who saved his life was always shrouded in mystery. Now, with The Lion of Sabray, Robinson reveals the amazing backstory of Mohammed Gulab--the brave man who forever changed the course of life for his Afghan family, his village, and himself when he discovered Luttrell badly injured and barely conscious on a mountainside in the Hindu Kush just hours after the firefight that killed the rest of Luttrell's team. Operating under the 2,000-year-old principles of Pashtunwali--the tribal honor code that guided his life--Gulab refused to turn Luttrell over to the Taliban forces that were hunting him, believing it was his obligation to protect and care for the American soldier. Because Gulab was a celebrated Mujahedeen field commander and machine-gunner who beat back the Soviets as a teenager, the Taliban were wary enough that they didn't simply storm the village and take Luttrell, which gave Gulab time to orchestrate his rescue. In addition to Gulab's brave story, The Lion of Sabray cinematically reveals previously unknown details of Luttrell's rescue by American forces--which were only recently declassified--and sheds light on the ramifications for Gulab, his family, and his community. Going beyond both the book and the movie versions of Lone Survivor, The Lion of Sabray is a must-read for anyone who wants to know more about the brave man who helped the Lone Survivor make it home"--
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2015.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501117985
150111798X
Branch Call Number: 958.1 ROBINSON
Characteristics: xxv, 261 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
Feb 12, 2016

You try to conquer us, in the end you die.

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SEBoiko
Feb 12, 2016

The right to fight and kill an invading enemy is instilled in Pashtun culture.

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Lilnetty
Jun 27, 2017

I enjoyed this book overall. If the account of the tribal dynamics was accurate,I feel like I developed a better understanding of the scene over there.
The writing style was a bit corny and I laughed imagining Luttrell (or anyone) using the word "tumult". I have yet to hear that one pop up in conversation,including from my more pretentious pals. I will assume some paraphrasing went on inside the quotes to add flair.
The author went to great lengths to describe how the Taliban/Russia/America are perceived by the Afghani "tribesmen" like Golub,whose people have inhabited the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan for 2,000 years. I enjoyed the bits of regional military history included in the book and hope they were accurate.
Most of all,I wanted to know what happened to Mohammed Golub.His bravery and ethics cost his family dearly. I felt better about human nature knowing such men exist,and it gave me hope that if left to people like Golub,not Taliban or Western politicians,maybe we could find a solution to the existential threat felt by the West.Stop meddling is certainly one suggestion.

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