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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.

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

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    Jordan McGowen Nebraska 03-04-13
    Jordan McGowen Nebraska 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Reveals the hopelessness and heroism of this war"

    Having never read (or listened) anything that Mr. Tapper had written I figured this would just be another "reporters eye view" of the war. What I found was a jewel that is so powerful I wish every man or woman who might have the power to send our armed forces into battle be required to read it.

    More than once I was brought to tears as Mr. Tapper described the gut wrenching emotions of those who waited at home, and of the incredible personal sacrifice these soldiers were (and are) willing to make for one another on a battlefield whose tactical goals have become so muddled by politicians there can be no good result.

    Woven into the fabric of this book is a look at the frustrating bureaucracy that has evolved due to the United States attempts to mix politics and the use of military force. The blatant disregard for the most basic rules of tactical planning and execution cast a dark shadow over the senior military officers who were at the root cause of this tragedy. It is hard for me, as a veteran, to understand how we can put men and women in harms way and then hobble them with ridiculous rules of engagement.

    War is a very nasty business and needs to be fought with overwhelming force, violence and clear tactical goals. After Desert Storm I believed our leadership, both military and political, had relearned the key lessons of World War II, that being that you simply cannot fight a limited war and expect any good result. It is apparent they have not.

    Mr.Tapper does a brilliant job of making that point over and over again in each of the many battle segments.

    This is a great book and I hope that it will become required reading for both political and military leadership as a tool to remind all of the horrible costs our soldiers must pay when leadership forgets the basics.

    Buy it, read it, and tell your friends about it. The more Americans who become enlightened about what this war has evolved into the sooner, I would hope, we will be able to make the decision to fish or cut bait.

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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 02-08-13
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 02-08-13
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    "Every Individual must listen this book"

    I am a person who loves Fiction and suspense novels. Often indulging in the passion for Post 20th Century History information I was, for the second time since the book "Outlaw Platoon (by Sean Parnell and Bruning)", taken whole heartedly into the tragedy of the Islamic Fundamentalist Jihad scourge. This book reveals the reason our youth is being destroyed and permanently impared for thier entire lives after leaving this land of Afganistan.
    This war has been waged for a decade and these brave, strong, and incredibly trained Military youth are worthy of praise and Prayer.
    If you want know why we are there and fighting this war, this book is not the answer. It is however the truth of our freedom enjoyed in this Nation.
    A must read.

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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-15-13
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What is this thing called war?"

    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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    Ross Williamson 10-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well done"

    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
    Christi 09-26-17 Member Since 2016
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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
    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
    Kyle W. 07-15-17 Member Since 2016
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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
    mem 06-30-17
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    "Powerful"

    very powerful history of a very tragic event. A must read for everyone. scary real.

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    MRags 05-16-17
    MRags 05-16-17
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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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    Granite Stater 04-03-17
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    "Ran out of interest"

    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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  • Stephen D.
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    "Best Audio Book I have listened to in a very long time"

    A well written book that drags you into a war that happened rightly or wrongly.
    That does not matter it's the bravery of a group of soldiers who are fighting for the right reasons and who will not let their fellow soldiers down.

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  • Steve
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    "fantastic"

    fantastic telling of cop keating and the personnel. I found myself researching the fallen heroes and the other camps mentioned brilliant.

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  • Antony
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    7/26/16
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    "Moving and sometimes shocking"

    The true story in detail of Amrican military heroism in the war in Afghanistan. This long book enables us to get to know the men involved in a life and death battle at an outpost in a remote Afghan valley. Political and military incompetence at the highest level set against selflessness and dedication at ground level made me both angry and sad at times but its a gripping tale that has to be told.

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  • Reece
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    "The outpost"

    I have read & listened to many books on war . The outpost audiobook is one of the best yet . The narration is spot on . I would recommend this to anyone not just those with an interest in war but for anyone seeking to understand what motivates individuals to join the armed services knowing that by doing so they could be making the ultimate sacrifice .
    This book covers all aspects from the emotional , political through to second by second accounts of terrifying insurgent attacks on remote US outposts .
    I highly recommend this book to anyone !

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  • M. WILLIAMS
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    7/8/14
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    "An exceptional read"

    For anyone with an interest in modern military history, this is a wonderful, gripping and informative read. In many ways it does not follow the tired track of far too many books on this subject but manages to bring the people, the situation and the personal side of the history to life

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  • Keith
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    "Moving story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so if they have an interest in this historical period


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them because it made me realise just how unimportant we 'normal' people are to the ruling politicians of our respective countries.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The reading was truthful and very realistic to the story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The suffering at the end on both sides


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