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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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.
This book is a must read for any one. I was in the military and things like this happen more often than you would think. It is not always the smartest person that makes the decisions.They should have found out who planed to put the outpost in that valley and court marshalled him. to loose all those men for nothing, a lot like Viet Nam. What a waste.
It is so sad to read of such brave young men sent off to fight a senseless war in a senseless place and for so many to lose their life and for what, why? These solders are true hero's who were put in the line of fire on an outpost that served no purpose without the support from the generals who sent them there. The writing is excellent as well is the narration. A must read and more importantly a reminder to honor those who are sent to serve under fire.
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The story sheds light on the poor planning of the military. The story is all over the place with way to many characters to follow
Great listen and narrator! The amazing courage and drive of our American soldiers in places that the odds are completely against you every single day.
This is by far the best audiobook I have experienced.
The ability of the narrator to take you into the scenes and make you feel part of every moment these guys experienced, was intriguing. It is hard to put into words how the author and narrator made you feel like you knew these guys and were right there during their darkest moments. It was bone chilling and heart wrenching.
Rob Shapiro did an outstanding job narrating this book. His voice was calm and yet it felt as if his sensitivity to the material was so thoughtfully handled as he caressed each word in honor of each and every soldier in the book.
I will have to say that from the beginning of the book to the very last page moved me and many times I cried so hard it hurt, I laughed at their jokes and whit at the most inappropriate moments and I got angry at how these guys were put in such a ridiculous place and yet no one in the upper echelons of the Army would make the necessary changes, especially when all the money was being fed to the war in Iraq.
There are many moments that will stay with me in this book, forever. The loss of the brave soldiers who fought so vigilently and died for thier country. The courage of each and every one of the troops who served in each of the Outposts, especially Keating. The entire book from beginning to end impacted me and makes me angry how our media has just blown over this war from the very beginning and only gave notice to what was happening in Iraq or even what Paris Hilton was doing.
The final battle moved me the most as well as the fate of Faulkner, who like me, is a North Carolina native. That tore me apart.
What have we learned from this war and what have we sacrificed? Will it be in vain? Would it have been different had Bush put more resources into eliminating the same bad guys who attacked us on 9/11 and not put so much emphasis into Iraq, what the heck was he and Rumsfeld thinking? If these guys had of had the manpower and airpower they needed, would the outcome have been different? Had the Generals in the Army given more energy into listening to the concerns and needs of these guys at each of the Outposts, especially COP Keating, would things have turned out differently? Would the guys who died in each of the attacks had a different outcome and still be alive. Had the VA been more staffed to handle PTSD and TBI's, would Faulkner still be alive.
A complete list of failures our Government committed in this tragedy should never be forgotten and I have to give it to Obama, he really has shown me a different side that I did not know existed. Additionally, rewarding the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha this year was a nice end to such a tragic day.
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