The basis of the film starring Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood, The Outpost is 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.
"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
ABC senior White House correspondent Tapper (Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency) begins this fascinating history with the controversial 2006 decision to establish a military base in Nuristan, an "untamed," isolated Afghan province abutting Pakistan, home to a distinct ethnic group suspicious of strangers. Following the new counterinsurgency policy, U.S. forces would protect civilians while winning their hearts and minds by supporting economic development. The base, surrounded by mountains, was difficult to defend. From the beginning, insurgents sniped, launched rockets, ambushed supply convoys, and sabotaged aid projects. In October 2009, three years into the mission, hundreds of insurgents launched a coordinated attack. The 50 U.S. defenders fought heroically and prevailed; soon after, the base was evacuated; the subsequent official report concluded that the operation was deeply flawed. Aware of their fool's errand, the men did their best, and Tapper delivers a gripping, blow-by-blow account of their 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. 65 b&w photos, 4 maps.
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The book was amazing. The author does a great job of describing the hell theses heroes had to endure while everyone knew the position of the base was just plain dumb. It makes me mad that as a taxpayer the money that was wasted in trying to win over the corrupt elders of the village. If the generals and politicians would have used half that money on more assets for the base, there may be more of those brave men around to tell their story. God bless our servicemen and women and their families!
Waste of money
I NEVER leave comments about movies on iTunes. This needs to be done though. I thought with Eastwood’s kid this would be a good flick. It was not. I spent an entire career in two branches and the Army was one. I’ve never seen such a gross misrepresentation of what outpost life is like. There nowhere near this much bantery smack talk. It’s like they crammed an entire deployments worth of daily life into 2 hrs with no gaps. It’s boring, then scary as f#%!, and then right back to boring again. And what’s with the fireballs with every explosion? There is so much to dissect on this movie. I’m honestly insulted. The only thing this movie did was bring back to life the brave and courageous fallen, for one last moment. To truly tell this story, you should have gotten a bigger budget and brought in more capable actors alongside the guys that were actually there. My $.02
Just watch the movie
It’s just a never ending saga of every battle they endured the entire time. Not sure I’ll be able to finish the last 150 pages.