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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Soldiers deserve better from their leaders, but that doesn't appear to an issue the people of the USA can be bothered to fix. Failures in command leadership and post combat mental health care remain an issue. That aside this is an incredibly well told story of the men and country surrounding the outposts. The author tells the tale without getting bogged down in politics, instead focusing on the men who's lives were forever changed by their visit to the valley.
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The writing doesn't make for a coherent story. I had no idea what was going on or why or where the major players were. The entire story was muddled.
I like Tapper, but this story lacked an arc. And the major characters came and went too quickly and I never had a full grasp of what was going on, where, why or anything.
No. Rob Shapiro ruined this book for me. He has a voice that lilts downward at each sentence making for a very depressing reading. It was aggravating and too slow.
The author did such an amazing job capturing your attention and the details of tragic but true war stories. As an Armed Forces member, I feel indebted to him for bringing the truth to light so people can see what really goes on in war in Afghanistan and in politics.
Up there with We were Soldiers Once and Young. So well written and researched, the author gave a holistic view of the battlefield and the challenges faced by the units operating there.
I listen to multiple books a week and this by far was one of the best. Give you a great understanding of what we service members give up. I'm a Marine and this story about the ARMY displays valor, honor, courage ,commitment and complete selflessness.
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