The Outpost: Book summary and reviews of The Outpost by Jake Tapper

The Outpost

An Untold Story of American Valor

by Jake Tapper

The Outpost by Jake Tapper

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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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"Tapper delivers a blow by blow account of [the soldier's] actions, their personal stories, and the tortured, often incomprehensible command decisions that kept them fighting despite inadequate support and an ally, Pakistan, that actively encouraged the enemy." - Publishers Weekly

"A timely indictment of a thoughtless waste of young American lives." - Kirkus Reviews

"[An] incredible account of how this outpost was horribly jeopardized." - Booklist

"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 Plan of Attack,The Commanders and Obama's Wars

"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, author of Into Thin Air and Where Men Win Glory

"As Rudyard Kipling did in the nineteenth century, now, in his magnificent book, Jake Tapper takes us to an untamed part of Afghanistan at war. Journey to The Outpost to understand what our troops go through-and why they go through it." - James Bradley, author of Flags of our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise

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Griff McClure

The Outpost a story human sacrafice and loss
This book draws you in from the first sentence and wrings you out with it's human tragedy, military command mis-steps, the sacrifice of each soldier for one another and determination to survive over whelming odds. This is the Afghanistan war through the eyes of the soldiers at the tip of the spear, paying the ultimate price. This book will change your perspective on the Afghanistan War.

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Jake Tapper is the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. He is the host of "Political Punch with Jake Tapper," a web show that gives an inside look at the White House, and appears regularly on "Good Morning America," "Nightline," and "World News with Diane Sawyer." Prior to joining ABC News, he was the national correspondent for Salon.com and was a columnist for TALK Magazine. 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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