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The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor | [Jake Tapper]

The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

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.
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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. A Pentagon investigation later concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.

The Outpost is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Jake Tapper exposes the origins of this tragic and confounding story, exploring the history of the camp and detailing the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C., and a war built on constantly shifting sands.

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©2012 Jake Tapper (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Michael Leicester, MA, United States 12-19-12
    Michael Leicester, MA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up The Outpost in three words, what would they be?

    a "must" for you military enthusiast


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stories of our troops in action. The politics of some of our decisions. The work of some exceptional soldiers. The sadness of our lost warriors. and the families who endured.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    My daughter just returned from working as a soldier at an outpost in Southern Afghanistan. She is a changed person. I doubt if she'll talk about it. But it gives me an insight of what she had gone thru. Short supply of water. Primitive conditions. 4 weeks of no showers nor change of clean uniforms. I could go on but the stories in the book gave me a lot of insight of what she has done and gone through.


    Any additional comments?

    Jake Tapper was exceptional in his research. An exhaustive interview of all the soldiers involved. And Narrator Rob Shapiro was outstanding in presenting the material. Held my attention through out the book. Great work. Rob. Thank you Jake, your book came at a good time for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Moreland Hills, OH, United States 11-23-12
    Michael Moreland Hills, OH, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Could have been so much better"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is such an interesting topic. I wanted to like the book so much. I deeply respect the brave soldiers whose ordeals were relayed in this book. The book needed to do them more justice. It seemed to drag. The part where the base was overrun with Taliban fighters was a great piece of story telling. I could not imagine what it would have been like to been there. I only wish that Mr. Tapper could have made this story tighter. Americans need to know about these episodes of success within failure as well. A better book would make this story better circulated. One day we will be speaking to our children and grandchildren about these wars and our decisions to send our children overseas to fight and die in them.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No Easy Day


    What does Rob Shapiro bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness at the loss of life. Unfortunate decisions that are not well grounded end up being defended with blood and life. I am in full support of the military. I would hope that their decisions would consider future implications. I would feel Angry if I had a son lose a life at this base, it seemed senseless. These soldiers are so brave, it makes me feel very proud to be an American.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew P. Dunham Cambridge, MA 05-02-15
    Andrew P. Dunham Cambridge, MA 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great military classic"

    Great book. It is part of the IBOLC reading lost. Great lessons for military leaders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roscoe's Masked Avenger Roscoe, IL, United States 04-23-15
    Roscoe's Masked Avenger Roscoe, IL, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent"

    A classic account of men in battle. Tapper gives the history of one American outpost in Afghanistan, and in so ding, gives an indelible picture of the Afghanistan war as a whole. His account of the Taliban attack that nearly over ran the post is lucid and compelling. It reminds me of Blackhawk down in his ability to depict where everyone was during the entire course of the attack. Highly recommended.

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    David 04-20-15
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    "Not a boring moment"

    Sad story. Action packed booked. Hard to believe our military runs like this. I'm glad my son wasn't sent to this place.

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    S. 03-28-15
    S. 03-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Outpost to be better than the print version?

    Really want to know what American soldiers have gone thru...... READ this


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outpost?

    The epilogue


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A real look at what the news didn't tell you


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    Bret 01-22-15
    Bret 01-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"

    This is one of the best stories of war that I have listened to. Great performance also. Will listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary McNickle 12-13-14

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    "Poorly written, Poorly performed, bitter sentiment"
    What would have made The Outpost better?

    The author was clearly angry with the decisions that were made, but cannot keep his bitterness out of the story.

    Oh, and long lines of names... I'm sorry, but that is just boring. Nothing worse than sitting through several minutes of someone reading off a bunch of names of folks you don't even know.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jake Tapper again?

    Possibly. He wasn't terrible, and many readers get better as the book progresses, but I could not get past the first 30 minutes of this book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Shapiro?

    meh. If it was a book I really wanted to read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, and boredom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia United States 03-25-14
    Patricia United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Everyone should know this story"
    Would you listen to The Outpost again? Why?

    Very powerful story. Tragedy and courage. Duty and service.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What a tremendous story. It is so sad that not more Americans know about what happened.


    What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

    Good author, very detailed explaination of the units involved, etc.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a great choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin W. 01-27-14
    Benjamin W. 01-27-14
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    "Another reason to like Jake Tapper"
    If you could sum up The Outpost in three words, what would they be?

    Exceptional War Book


    What other book might you compare The Outpost to and why?

    This book ranks alongside the best war books of all time. The kind that treats you to an insight only being there, could surpass and then rips your heart out with the realities of war. You leave with a profound feeling of respect for those who would fight to protect your freedoms, even though they will never know you.


    What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

    Professional, nearly flawless and without a "performance".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Say what you will about Jake Tapper, he can write one hell of a book. This book will put a lump in your throat and a fire in your heart.


    Any additional comments?

    You know going into this book that the outcome is bad. You know you won't enjoy hearing about it, but you cannot help but listen to it. I Think I listened over the course of two days...I just couldn't stop. Without a doubt, it's among the best, most detailed and interesting accounts of a wartime conflict.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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