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The Outpost Audiobook

The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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

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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-15-13
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    This book makes me ask the question, "What the h___ are we doing in Afghanistan?" Bring our boys home and stop this useless slaughter!!! I am so sorry we have lost so many fabulous people in needless political wars. Too many wives are young widows. Too many children are raised fatherless. It makes me weep.

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    Good stories of Americans trying to make a difference in the world in the name of peace. A great prelude to “Red Platoon”.

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    Christi 09-26-17
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    "Heartwrenching"

    This is a heartbreaking story of American heroes. All Americans should listen to this book.

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    Jay 07-31-17
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    "I'm glad to have listened to this."

    I remember this being in the news and thinking "why would you put a COP at the bottom of a valley"? This was rough listening at times. The story is excellent and worth listening to.

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    Kyle W. 07-15-17
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    "amazingly written"

    I listened to this book after listening to "Red Platoon" by Clinton Romesha. This was great insight on the building of COP Keating and the dynamics of the area leading up to the battle.

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    mem 06-30-17
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    very powerful history of a very tragic event. A must read for everyone. scary real.

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    "Poor pronunciation of military terms"

    The book is terrific, but the narrator mangles a number of military and Afghan words.

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    A very long book. After a while the story lost momentum for me with 10 hours to go. Could never have finished it. In the hands of a better writer ...

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    "Extremely informative and well written"

    Tapper did an amazing job and obviously conducted a large amount research on COP Keating and the forces involved in its creation, Protection and destruction. A much larger overview than the book Red Platoon though not quite as personal.

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    Karl King BOISE, ID, US 01-20-17
    Karl King BOISE, ID, US 01-20-17 Member Since 2014
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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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