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Chris

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  • The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jake Tapper
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
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    (417)
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    (372)
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    (373)

    At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

    Jason says: "A must read!"
    "A War Veteran Moved."
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    What did you love best about The Outpost?

    This book brought me right back to my own time in Afghanistan during around the same time period. I was located in the same part of the country these guys were in and I can vouche for just how accurate the portrayal of the land, the Afghan people, the Taliban, and the hard-ships soldiers endured during my tour there (which was very different compared to my tour in Iraq as the author indicated).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite was Lt. Keating. He actions and subsequent death proved just how stubborn some higher ups can be when it comes to listening to common sense v/s carrying out orders. I hope all can learn a lesson from this, though I'm not as optimistic about the army and government learning as I once was...


    What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

    His reading really brought out the emotion that was going on during the battles depicted in this book. I felt like I was right there in the action with them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ultimate sacrafice that so many of these men paid moves me, but what moved me more and saddened me to the core is my belief that most people in America do not relate or seem to care to acknowledge their sacrafice and others in the military, including my own. (Especially corporate America)


    Any additional comments?

    I think that every adult should give this book a full listen, whether or not they believe in the wars being faught, just so they can get a glimpse of what it is like to be a true Combat Veteran. Then, and only then, should they form their opinions about the military men and women that serve them.

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