Many people will either be hosting or heading out to holiday parties and get-togethers to celebrate Christmas and the upcoming New Year. Others will take the time to rest and recharge their batteries and spend some quiet time at home. 

If you are one of the latter and want to spend some quiet time reading a good book curled up on the couch or a favorite chair, we have a couple of recommendations for you. Of course, if you have to gift a last-minute or belated Christmas gift to someone who enjoys reading about the military, then check these out. 

“Sacrifice, A Gold Star Widow’s Fight For the Truth”:

Sacrifice by Michelle Black

Michelle Black is a Gold Star widow whose husband Bryan Black was a Green Beret and one of the Special Forces men killed in the ambush in Niger in October 2017 by ISIS terrorists. Losing her husband and father to her children was bad enough. What followed was nearly worse. 

Black and the other families of the 3rd SFG A-Team involved in the ambush couldn’t get a straight answer from the unit and the various headquarters that the Green Berets fell under, which had caused that fatal outcome. 

With narratives changing frequently, Mrs. Black was horrified to learn that the Army, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) blamed the Special Forces A-Team for its own demise. In their investigation, they partly blamed the ambush on a culture of risk-taking, a culture that is deliberately cultivated in Special Operations soldiers. They characterized the team as rogues and cowboys who went off the reservation.

Black, uncomfortable with the ever-changing narrative, did her own investigation and has published a book that nails down the actual truth. It recounts her husband’s life, the events leading up to the ambush, its aftermath, and the investigation surrounding it.

While many people were tuned in to the ABC News special “ODA-3212 Unredacted”, this video special was missing two key components: the meticulous research that Black had done and interviewing her for her story, more importantly, the voices of the surviving A-Team members themselves. Only Black has documented their stories, which needs to be heard. 

This is a book highly recommended for all of our readers.