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.
*Soon to be a major motion picture from Millennium Films*

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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User Review  - bogopea - LibraryThing

It was hard for me to continue reading this book but as I did so it became so compelling I could not stop reading it. Our soldiers are incredible heroes and Jake Tapper honestly portrayed the true grit of America's finest. Read full review

THE OUTPOST: An Untold Story of American Valor

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An ABC News senior White House correspondent chronicles the short life of a doomed American Army outpost.Combat Outpost Keating, located in northeast Afghanistan, was built in 2006 and hastily ... 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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