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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An excellent treatment of FOB Keating's history and those that served their.
The coverage of the history of the FOB form founding to the last big fight.
Why it was placed in the low ground and not the high ground.
Absolutely and plan to. True Army story put forth in a very real interpretation.
There were many that me proud to be a fellow Cavalry Scout.
Dont think Ive listened to his other books. I would prefer a professional narrator to understand how to accurately say the terms, slang and names that were important for the portrayal.
Any military person could tell him that a POG is pronounced like POUGE and not Pog. Or correct pronounciation of Soldier's names especially those who are well known for having received the Medal of Honor for the very actions your describing.
All in all not bad just some little things that easily could and should have been fixed.
Anytime a Soldier dies for their country. Also when Soldiers embody the Warrior Spirit bring the fight to the enemy
Great for veterans, active duty, civilians, historians etc
I would not buy another Tapper book, but would listen to another performance by Mr. Shapiro.
The strength of the Army is the diversity of the backgrounds, education, politics and points-of-view of its enlisted soldiers. Picking a side, then piling on the minutia to make your point, gets old fast. It would have been nice to have learned as much about the Afghan troops as the Americans. Also, I would have liked to have learned the reasoning that lead to the decisions made by "higher headquarters" that are critized in the book so I could make up my own mind.
Minister, MDiv, Outdoor Education
This gives you a good idea what life was like in the worst of the Afghanistan war and the various personal and logistical challenges there. It's also about the heros no one really ever hears about. It gave me a much greater appreciation for the complexities of this war, and the men who were thrown into the middle of it. If that's what you are looking for, this is the book for you.
Now for the bad; Keep in mind that this is the story of the base itself, so all the characters are in passing. You begin connecting with the main characters, then they are suddenly replaced. Not everyone dies, but by the end of the book I found myself thinking that this book could be summed up with "This solder was a great person, and then he died. He was replaced by this solder who was a really great person, then he got killed....". But I guess that's the cold, hard truth about war. Good people die daily. But if you are looking for something that reads like a novel, this isn't it.
First of all, please don't take my 3-star rating as a negative. This was an EXCELLENT book. An incredible and eye-opening view into the life of a soldier as well as the real story of what's going on in Afghanistan. I have much respect for our soldiers, but serious questions about the military leadership. In their defense, there is an ingrained culture where questions aren't asked and top brass is always right. It's very difficult to change that. But, as this book points out, that culture is causing our military and our country hundreds of lives and billions of dollars. Politics have taken over and it's quite frightening. What's even worse is how, after giving their lives to keep us safe, our soldiers are literally dismissed when they come home.
So why the 3 stars? Well for one, this is a long book describing battle after battle. For some it might be slow and boring, for others quite upsetting and for others still it can be exciting and suspenseful. Since we know what happens in the end, you really have to commit to the story. But what you're actually doing is committing to hear the soldiers' stories. If we don't listen to them, who will?
Jake Tapper rocks. Good performance. Great telling of a tale that needs to be told. Thanks to those on the sharp end and thanks to Tapper for getting their story out.
Live life smell the roses and rejoice.
The book drew you in by letting you know who the soldiers were and the made you cry that so many brave and incredible men died for our country.
Any Historical war book. First book on Afghanistan that I have heard about.
Heartbreak valley for the Brave Americans of Outpost Keating.
If you have loved ones going to Afghanistan I would listen upon their return this will just heighten the worry.
Yes, but difficult. This is a book which needs much cross-referencing to fully understand location and military lingo.
The truthfulness of it.
Exacting. Concise. Emotionless.
Yes. However, due to the cross-referencing necessary for a full understanding, this book would be more comprehensible if read from the written form, with a map and index of terms readily available.
The realistic rendering of the story.Those that have been in an all out firefight will recognize it and those that haven't been, might understand what it's like.
NO, but he's now at the top of my list
Fantastic book - perfect blend of historical detail and 1st person perspective. Performed in a way that conveyed the seriousness of the subject but still brought to life the individual soldiers portrayed. Mostly it's a perfect reason to make sure I thank a veteran.
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