Annotations for Outpost : An Untold Story of American Valor


Baker & Taylor
A senior White House correspondent traces the October 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating by Taliban forces near the Pakistan border, citing the conflict's status as one of the deadliest battles for U.S. forces and the controversial subsequent Pentagon ruling that the outpost should not have been there in the first place. 75,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the October 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating by Taliban forces near the Pakistan border, citing the conflict's status as one of the deadliest battles for U.S. forces and the controversial subsequent Pentagon ruling that the outpost should nothave been there in the first place.

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Book News
ABC News correspondent Tapper describes the October 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating that killed eight Americans and narrates the experience of American soldiers before and after the attack within the broader context of the Afghan War. Tapper interviewed 225 soldiers to learn about their daily life in a combat zone, tactical decisions made, and family back home. B&w photographs of soldiers and the Afghan landscape are provided. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Grand Central Pub
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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Hachette Book Group
At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp. A Pentagon investigation later concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.

THE OUTPOST is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Jake Tapper exposes the origins of this tragic and confounding story, exploring the history of the camp and detailing the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C. and a war built on constantly shifting sands.

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