I started this thinking it would be gripping, interesting and a learning experience. I quit it after hearing the endless accounts of how the soldiers are maimed, unable to be attended in a timely manner, and about the idiocy of the management of the military from the top down. I saw the young man receive the President's medal of honor recently and felt it was my duty to see the tale to the end since this young man was in the same area the book details. I have now had all I can possibly stand of this account of a hater that hates the military and all that it represents, the details of the blood and guts, the monotone reader and wish I had the time back I have invested.
Very informative story
The final battle for COP Keating
The story made me feel as thought I was stantioned at the COP from start to finish
I was in Afghanistan from 06-08. The culture of the Army is "I will fight were I am told to fight, and I will win where I fight" and Afghanistan tested that culture and expounded on why it doesn’t always benefit the Soldiers.
I'm not sure if someone who wasn't there would understand some of the underlying themes in this book. If you are listening to the book for the battles or for an understanding of how we fought the war, this is a pretty good account. However, if you experienced the war, it will just validate how under manned and under resourced we were. I personally got sick to my stomach listening to this book but it was a rewarding experience at the end.
This book on our troops fighting in Afghanistan stands out among most of the war history books I've read. The author's research is phenomenal and his attention to detail is appreciated. From politics to battle scenes to families morning the loss of loved ones, this book tells all and doesn't hold much back. The book will move you in some fashion.
Yes, I would listen to this again. It's a very complex and interesting story of brave men and women willing to sacrifice for there country. This novel is also great at understanding the cultural differences and how our soldiers tried to win this war.
Book almost reads like fiction, very interesting and easy to get into. The stories of family and friends finding out someone has died was heartbreaking, but necessary. I feel I understand at least a little of how these guys have suffered for this country.
He has a very conversational style about how he reads the book. I can imagine the soldier standing in front of me repeating what he has said.
The lengths we went to to avoid fighting with the afghans, counterinsurgency, etc.
Very emotional in two words.
It made me feel as if I was there.
There was not a favorite per se.
Everyone should read this book and everyone should be donating or volunteering for a group that does something for our active military and for our veterans.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
The Outpost is a heartbreaking chronicle of the rotation of soldiers asked to oversee an underfunded, often thankless mission. The goal was to expand the U.S. Army's reach into the remote northeastern Nuristan Province, where insurgents were streaming in from the Pakistan border. But even at the onset, it was clear to those involved that the outpost was one step short of a death trap, situated at the bottom of a valley with difficult access by air and road.
The narration was superb, and the story (after awhile) seemed to blend together. Personal stories of the soldiers, only to eventually find out their common fate.
It was nice to not have to read another Special Forces, Navy Seal, Delta Force etc. self absorbed book. With those books, a common theme surfaces and it ends up being a self love fest of how great they think they are. These guys are REGULAR SOLDIERS, which are the majority of the American military. This is a close look to what life is like for enlisted soldiers (and a few good officers) who scrub toilets in the morning, and fight battles in the evening.
Tapper writes with a journalistic approach, as if you're reading a long article in Newsweek for example.
This is one of the better books out there on the Afghan War, and if you're interested in further reading, definitely check out "Outlaw Platoon."
I would definitely listen to this again. The heroic and heartbreaking story of these brave and determined Soldiers is gripping and emotional and reminds me that the US Soldier is the most capable, flexible, and resilient Soldier in the world. I was in Jalalabad, working for the brigade 3-61 CAV fell under when all this went down, and I can tell you that the story treated all of the Officers and Enlisted men of the Brigade/Squadron/Troops/Platoon very fairly.
The history behind the creation of the outpost is compelling, as are the men and women who were involved. I was fascinated as the local dynamics shifted with each new unit. Then, when the final battle was told, I found myself sitting in my driveway for long periods of time with this book on the radio. I just couldn't tear myself away.
I cannot point out one single person as my favorite in the story. So many of the Soldiers were distinctive, with functions and personalities that were fascinating.
Overall, Rob Shapiro was uninspired in his reading. Much of the time, he either sounded tired or bored. If the story wasn't so very gripping, I'd have had to put the book aside.
For the story, yes. For the reader, no.
Watch out as this book is laced with a thinly disguised political agenda, so much so that it is distracting from the actual story of the Heroes. I'm not one who likes to have the story of Soldiers used for personal agenda - using their words out of context for political motives. But get by that and the story is incredible, and well told.
This book is a great telling of a very disappointing story in the history of our government. While it is accepted that people are sacrificed in war for the betterment of society or to avoid a greater number of deaths, this book tells a story of high ranking officers, sending men to an undefendable outpost, and failing to support it to an extent which might have saved many lives. It is riveting, well told in story and naration, and well worth the read.
Yes. Just to be able to put myself back with the brave men and women who fight our wars without question. This writing truely placed you in the outposts next to our soldiers.
The American soldiers.