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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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Excellent story of courage and valor.

Narration was very pleasant which made it an easy listen. Very informative. Details of soldiers personal lives makes it easy to relate. Frustrating to know lives were lost because of incompetence of high ranking officers and their political games.

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very good account of what the general public has no clue. Thank you to the men and women of our US forces that fight these sometimes sensless battles.

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Important read

Good narration. It was challenging to follow the numerous soldier names in audio version, though.

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Very good book.

I liked this one a lot. it's worth the listen. It's sad that US soldiers are even put in positions like that.

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  • 09-28-16

Just an unbelievable, heartbreaking story

So well researched and written. I loved it and highly recommend it. Not written from any political standpoint, despite the rather politically left wing author. Tapper tells a gripping story, several stories really, of a war probably doomed from the start. Narrator is excellent, one of my favorites.

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Amazing story

Another amazing and somewhat frustrating story about our fighting men and women who live in, and protect the most unenviable land on this earth...so powerful.

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No - Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan not the same!

The guys fighting in Northeast Afghanistan we're fighting a war not unlike Vietnam. Under-manned, isolated, with even less air power. Iraq was no picnic, but it got so much more resources. IEDs were the enemy in Iraq. Taliban guerillas often outnumbering our guys were the enemy in the north.

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Very thorough

This book seems to be very thorough. I did find some discrepancies between this book and "Red Platoon" but that seems fairly normal and understandable. Excellent book!

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Mandatory Read for Army and Marines

Fantastic read on the lessons learned from strategic, operational, and tactical perspective in the difficulties of conducting counter insurgency at cross purposes. Why is there such a disconnect between the strategic and operational objectives in regards to intent and purpose.

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Great book on life In eastern Afghanistan ..

I was a solider stationed in Afghanistan in Nangahar province a little south of Nuristan. I was with PRT Jalalabad there 2007-2008. Great story and well read.