Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Feb 28, 2012 - History - 416 pages
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In combat, men measure up. Or don't. There are no second chances.

In this vivid account of the U.S. Army's legendary 10th Mountain Division's heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary bonds forged in battle.

At twenty-four years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon—a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws—and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush. Barely surviving the attack, Parnell's men now realized that they faced the most professional and seasoned force of light infantry the U.S. Army had encountered since the end of World War II.

What followed was sixteen months of close combat, over the course of which the platoon became Parnell's family: from Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson, the wise, chain-smoking veteran who never lost his cool; to Specialist Robert Pinholt, a buttoned-down conservative with the heart of a warrior and the mind of an economist; to Staff Sergeant Phil Baldwin, the platoon's voice of calm and reason, a man who sacrificed everything following the events of 9/11—career, home, financial stability—to serve his country. But the cost of battle was high for these men: Over 80 percent were wounded in action, putting their casualty rate among the highest since Gettysburg, and not all of them made it home.

A searing and unforgettable story of friendship in battle, Outlaw Platoon brings to life the intensity and raw emotion of those sixteen months, showing how the fight reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men and how the love and faith they found in one another ultimately kept them alive.

  

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User Review  - TerriBooks - LibraryThing

As an attempt to get into the lives and the minds of the young men fighting the war in Afghanistan, this book works fairly well. These are the stories of very young men -- I want to call them boys ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bryn Dunham - Goodreads

One of the few books I've read that when finished, I'm left speechless. Excellent and at the same time a painful read. Read full review

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Contents

Authors Note
Game Faces
Prisoner of the Divide
The Long Dark Reach
Gauntlet
Welcome to the Family
Bring Out Your Dead
The Moral High Ground
The Place Beyond Devotion
Chickenshit Squared
Rockets Red Glare
Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Village of the Damned
Shake and Bake
The Far Side of the
Crosses to Bear

Photos
The Gates of Mordor
Morning on the Mountain
The Zombie Apocalypse
The Place Where Mettle Grows
The Last Last Stand
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Sean Parnell is a former U.S. Army airborne ranger who served in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years, retiring as a captain. He received two Bronze Stars (one for valor) and the Purple Heart. He is a passionate supporter of America's military and is currently serving as an ambassador for the Boot Campaign, a national veteran's charity. He lives with his wife and three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John R. Bruning is the author or coauthor of numerous critically acclaimed and best-selling military narratives, including, Outlaw Platoon and House to House. He lives in Oregon.

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