The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

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Little, Brown, Nov 13, 2012 - Political Science - 688 pages
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The heartbreaking and inspiring story of one of America's deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan, acclaimed by critics everywhere as a classic.

At 5:58 AM on October 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan just 14 miles from the Pakistani border, was viciously attacked. Though the 53 Americans there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war for the U.S. that year. Four months after the battle, a Pentagon review revealed that there was no reason for the troops at Keating to have been there in the first place.

In THE OUTPOST, Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage war real, and American courage manifest.

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Review: The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

User Review  - Cropredy - Goodreads

This is a sad book; one that will make you angry. The two emotions combine as you read the story of a Combat Outpost placed at the bottom of a deep Afghanistan valley connected to reinforcements only ... Read full review

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User Review  - Craig Bowman - Goodreads

This is a well written book documenting the true story of a extremely poorly planned outpost that was placed in the most hostile part of Afghanistan bordering the Pakistan border. The Outpost was ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Jake Tapper is a CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. Prior to joining CNN, he was the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Weekly Standard, among many other publications. He is the author of Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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