Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

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Harper Collins, Feb 28, 2012 - History - 416 pages
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A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Acclaimed for its vivid, poignant, and honest recreation of sixteen brutal months of nearly continuous battle in the deadly Hindu Kesh, Outlaw Platoon is a Band of Brothers or We Were Soldiers Once and Young for the early 21st century—an action-packed, highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

A magnificent account of heroes, renegades, infidels, and brothers, it stands with Sebastian Junger’s War as one of the most important books to yet emerge from the heat, smoke, and fire of America’s War in Afghanistan.


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If you expect books on contemporary US military history to be all gung ho and righteous posturing, this book will be a stunning surprise.Sean Parnell has achieved in this diary something very rarely ... Read full review

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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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Authors Note
Game Faces
Prisoner of the Divide
The Long Dark Reach
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

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

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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 coauthor of the critically acclaimed Outlaw Platoon (with Sean Parnell) and of House to House (with David Bellavia). He wrote dispatches from the field while embedded with an infantry unit in post-Katrina New Orleans, and received the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Journalism from the Department of Defense for an article he wrote while embedded with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade’s TF-Brawler in Afghanistan. He lives in Oregon.

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