The Outpost: The Most Heroic Battle of the Afghanistan War (Paperback)Jake Tapper (author)
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A gripping slice of recent military history that delves deep into the personal dimension of military life and relationships, The Outpost is the shocking tale of a brutal battle in the Afghanistan war and the history of the outpost it affected. Told with compassion, intelligence and righteous anger at the senselessness of the casualty rate, The Outpost is an astonishing feat of investigative journalism
Now a major motion picture.
The heartbreaking and inspiring story of one of the 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 soldiers stationed there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war that year. Four months after the battle, a 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. This modern classic of military history is an indictment of the management of the war in Afghanistan, and a thrilling tale of true courage in the face of impossible odds.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 44 mm
'For those wishing to understand the middle years of the war, they could do no better than to read The Outpost' - Time
'Brilliant, dedicated reporting by a journalist who goes to ground to get the truth. A sad, real tale about this war, America and the brave warriors who live-and die-at the point of the spear' - Bob Woodward, author of Fear
'The Outpost is a mind-boggling, all-too-true story of heroism, hubris, failed strategy, and heartbreaking sacrifice. If you want to understand how the war in Afghanistan went off the rails, you need to read this book' - Jon Krakauer
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