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The basis of the 2020 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

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. 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. (Nov.)

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In 2009, in one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan, Combat Outpost Keating was attacked by Taliban insurgents and nearly destroyed. A Pentagon investigation concluded that the outpost, a poorly located and protected part of a counterinsurgency strategy, should not have been there in the first place. The 53 U.S. troops stationed there were part of an effort to combat extremist groups that sprouted with U.S. support during the Russian occupation. ABC News war correspondent Tapper spent two years chronicling the mission and lives of the troops and their commanders, making the war more personal as readers get to know the troops’ personality quirks, backstories, family lives, and perspectives on their mission. He notes the consequences of the fact that the Afghan war was fought on the cheap as more attention was focused on Iraq, and chronicles the troops’ encounters with harsh terrain, entrenched conflicts among tribes, and reckless commands. They marched into villages so isolated that villagers weren’t aware that their former nemesis, the USSR, no longer existed. Photographs and maps, as well as letters and e-mails, enhance this incredible account of how this outpost was horribly jeopardized. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Extensive media buzz will make this a highly visible and much-requested title. --Vanessa Bush

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" 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

"There have been many books written on the subject of America''s seemingly endless engagement in Afghanistan, but none better than The Outpost."― Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

"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

"Analyzing the consequences of decisions, large and small, is what makes Tapper''s book so important...for those wishing to understand the middle years of the war, they could do no better than to read THE OUTPOST."― Nate Rawlings, Time

"Jake Tapper has written perhaps the best book set in Afghanistan to date...He provides a window into the false hopes and visions that enabled this failed experiment, an attempt to create government in spaces that had actively avoided such."― Douglas Ollivant, Foreign Policy

"[Jake Tapper] has woven an intricate account about battlefield bravery hamstrung by military bureaucracy...[his] voice is understated, not polemical-just a good reporter letting the facts speak for themselves."― Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

"[A] fascinating history...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

"One of the most important [books] of the year. Jake Tapper''s book is meticulously researched, excellently written and a must-read for everyone who does more than just mouth the phrase, ''I support the troops.'' "― Curt Schleier, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"The power of THE OUTPOST lies in Tapper''s development of the main characters ... He juxtaposes dramatic battles, complete with limbs blown off and eyes dangling from sockets, with poignant scenes of wives and parents first learning of the deaths of their loved ones."― Seth Jones, Washington Post

"The seminal work of documentary journalism to emerge out of the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan."― Anand Sankar, Business Standard

"THE OUTPOST is valuable because its faithful account of bravery, stupidity, and inertia makes the objective case for admiration and outrage."― Sam Jacobson, Commentary

"Mr. Tapper lays bare the poor decision-making that shattered dozens of American lives in the pursuit of an ill-conceived goal."― Sarah Chayes, Wall Street Journal

"A heartbreaking chronicle of the rotation of soldiers asked to oversee an underfunded, often thankless mission."― Sam Stein, Huffington Post

"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

"This is a narrative, not a polemic, and Tapper patiently lays out the history of what happened at Keating in a gripping, forceful style...[T]his unadorned, powerful account challenges the purposes and wisdom of America''s ongoing military presence [in Afghanistan]...A timely indictment of a thoughtless waste of young American lives."― Kirkus Reviews

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

"The Army uses the term ''BLUF'' - bottom line up front. The BLUF on Jake Tapper''s new book on Afghanistan, THE OUTPOST, is that you need to read it."― Kurt Schlichter, breitbart.com

"A heartbreaking, detailed day-to-day account ... Tapper does what all great narrators do: He brings to life the individual men in a way that allows readers to see each soldier in full, with their unique backgrounds, hopes, dreams and families."― Susan Gardner, dailykos.com

"A chronicle of the commitment and heroism of individual soldiers. As such, it can rarely have been surpassed in the history of military writing."― John Hinderaker, powerlineblog.com

"Tapper always finds just the right personality traits and stories about [the troops''] backgrounds, allowing readers to respect them and relate to them... The Outpost is an alternately exhilarating, heartbreaking and maddening book. But ultimately...it''s a testament to the fact that the brave men and women who serve and sacrifice for the United States deserve our appreciation."― Tony Rossi, Patheos.com

"What is evident in THE OUTPOST is the sacrifice made by dozens of men who answered the call of their country."― Erica Blake, Toledo Blade

About the Author

CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper joined the network in January 2013. The Lead with Jake Tapper, his one-hour weekday program, debuted in March 2013. Tapper was named host of the network''s Sunday morning show, State of the Union, in June 2015. Tapper has been a widely respected reporter in the nation''s capital for more nearly 20 years. He is also the author of the bestseller The Outpost and the novel The Hellfire Club.

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Andrew Downing
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A highly informative, eloquent narrative about an amazing group of military service men and women. The American soldier is predominantly selfless and courageous, ever willing to shed blood for a country often unconcerned and inconvenienced by the stories, experiences which they have endured.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
This report is an in-depth, sometimes long winded version of the brutal realities of Combat Outpost Keating, formally located in Afghanistan. This narrative explores the realities of all the soldiers who were stuck in this doomed location of the world. I highly recommend... See more
This report is an in-depth, sometimes long winded version of the brutal realities of Combat Outpost Keating, formally located in Afghanistan. This narrative explores the realities of all the soldiers who were stuck in this doomed location of the world. I highly recommend the book but do prefer a soldiers account for the personal touch that memoirs typically exhibit. With that said, there is plenty of first hand eyewitness accounts and blunt, brutal and deeply touching stories concealed in this historical piece of work. The reader will be forced to conceal tears and be challenged to stomach the gruesome realities of modern warfare. Shrapnel quickly turns a beautiful landscape into hell on earth. It’s inspiring and an honor to share a country with military personnel with such incredible professionalism and grit. Make no mistake, the modern American Soldier is not made from a different thread than the “great generation”. Read this to wake up to the reality that our country has been in an incredibly difficult war, made further challenging by the senseless bickering, squabbling and power hungry motives of far too many politicians and generals who are more concerned about their professional careers than the blood of the men and women who are stuck at the end of the spear.
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JHawes
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I Highly Recommend The Outpost.
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2012
The Outpost is incredibly well researched. As a soldier who was there, I can say Jake Tapper tells our story well. By focusing on a particular region of Afghanistan, not just a particular unit or person, The Outpost is able to provide a better overall picture of the war... See more
The Outpost is incredibly well researched. As a soldier who was there, I can say Jake Tapper tells our story well. By focusing on a particular region of Afghanistan, not just a particular unit or person, The Outpost is able to provide a better overall picture of the war in Afghanistan and what the soldiers experienced in the most remote corner of that country. The Outpost, through exhaustive interviews and research, is able to combine the thoughts and decisions of commanders, with the actions of the soldiers in the field, and round it out with the reactions of the family and friends back at home to provide a complete understanding of the war and its effects on everyone involved. I personally enjoyed reading The Outpost and learning the thoughts of many of the officers I served with, who could not be as open about their true thoughts and feelings as they could until after that fact, and also learning of the trials and challenges of the units that replaced mine, and how the war continued to unfold in the remote mountains of Afghanistan that I called home for 16 months. The Outpost, is neither pro-war nor anti-war. It is the cold hard truth documenting a flawed strategy to tame an untamable remote corner of Afghanistan, as told through the story of the many soldiers who personally served there from 2006 through 2009. The Outpost brings to the reader many stories of heroes and leaders the world needs to know about.
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A really great book, it was emotionally draining for me Tapper ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2016
A really great book, it was emotionally draining for me Tapper did a great job bring the people to life then to have them killed. As a Marine Corps combat Vet this book really confirmed that the Military leadership has learned nothing from history and are still making the... See more
A really great book, it was emotionally draining for me Tapper did a great job bring the people to life then to have them killed. As a Marine Corps combat Vet this book really confirmed that the Military leadership has learned nothing from history and are still making the same mistakes over and over, when I saw the pictures of where the outpost was my thoughts were who in their right frigging mind would put a combat outpost in the bottom of a valley surrounded by mountains absolute lunacy by Army command staff. I''ve read numerous books on the war in Afghanistan and have come to the that anyone above the rank of Caption never ventures away from the rear with the gear. This book should be required reading at West Point and Annapolis.
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NC Tango 5
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AMAZING! US Veteran: Must Have Book
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2017
Amazing. Incredible. Must read. Thus far one of my favorite books of military history. I am a Veteran of Middle East campaigns & from a family of veterans of WWII, Korea, & Viet Nam wars. Grew up devouring books about WWII, Korean War, & VietNam War. In my opinion, this... See more
Amazing. Incredible. Must read. Thus far one of my favorite books of military history. I am a Veteran of Middle East campaigns & from a family of veterans of WWII, Korea, & Viet Nam wars. Grew up devouring books about WWII, Korean War, & VietNam War. In my opinion, this book ranks among the great books about those previous wars.
If you liked "War" by Sebastian Junger & his related award winning documentary "Restrepo," you should enjoy this book. Whereas Junger''s "War" documented the service of one platoon at a combat outpost (COP) in Afghanistan; the COP itself becomes a "character" in "The Outpost." The book documents the incubation of the idea of COP Keating through to the actual creation of the COP to it''s final showdown & recounts the history & stories of the units that served on the COP. The book also provides contextual history of Afghanistan & the affected province(s). "The Outpost" also includes interesting "character development" in telling the stories of many of the troops that served at COP Keating. Words fail me at describing this important book & it''s impact. The first time l read the book; l got to the last page, finished it, & immediately went back to page 1 & began reading it again. I''ve read it 4-5 times, it is that good.
I am grateful that Tapper painstakingly told this incredible & must-read story. I am grateful for the heroic service of the many men that served at COP Keating & the surrounding COPs. God bless & watch over US veterans. MJP
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Ian K.
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An unforgettable account of the cost of the US war in Afghanistan.
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
Military history is often the account of logistics, battles and politics. Rarely do accounts focus on the individuals who are fighting the war. Jake Tapper''s The Outpost is the Iliad of the US war in Afghanistan. A snapshot of a whole series of skirmishes leading up to an... See more
Military history is often the account of logistics, battles and politics. Rarely do accounts focus on the individuals who are fighting the war. Jake Tapper''s The Outpost is the Iliad of the US war in Afghanistan. A snapshot of a whole series of skirmishes leading up to an epic battle at an isolated US outpost surrounded by mountains.

Combat Outpost Keating, where most of the account takes place, was an indefensible US base where the high ground could be occupied by the Taliban fighters. The attacks on the outpost were constant. About half-way through the account becomes repetitive. A constant story of bloodshed and sacrifice by US service men. I started skimming through some of the pages to finish the account of the final horrific battle that resulted in the closure of CO Keating.

Jake Tapper has done a remarkable job in capturing the stories of the soldiers in Afghanistan. This is a work that will memorialize their suffering and sacrifice.

What also comes through in the story is that the United States has, at best, nebulous goals in Afghanistan. The strongest and most enduring of these goals was that Afghanistan should never again become a haven for those who would attack the United States and its allies. By building Afghan society into something more stable, without the Taliban who harbored Al Qaeda this goal would be accomplished. Tapper recounts numerous aid projects that were intended to "win the hearts and minds" of the locals. All without success.

In the afterward Tapper mentions one of the reasons that the US had so little success, either politically or militarily, in Afghanistan: Pakistan. Pakistan''s intelligence service, the ISI, has backed the Taliban since they took political power. After the US invasion Pakistan took US money and claimed to be supporting the US, while giving financial aid and shelter to the Taliban that was killing US military personnel. As the US later learned, Pakistan was also sheltering Osama Bin Laden. Pakistan has also directly sponsored terrorist attacks on India, one of the most infamous being the attack on the Indian parliament which almost resulted in war between Pakistan and India.

After the Vietnam war US politicians and the US military vowed that they would learn from Vietnam and never again get involved in such a conflict. The war in Afghanistan in many ways mirrors the war in Vietnam. Any lessons that were learned from Vietnam were either ignored or not applied.
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Karen Drysdale
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Powerful true story of our brave military in a beautiful yet dreadful place
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
I understood why the military was in Afghanistan but it was like hitting your head on a rock to change the hearts of those tribesmen who had fought any invaders for centuries. They have the geography on their side, especially when it came to OP Keating. With our air power... See more
I understood why the military was in Afghanistan but it was like hitting your head on a rock to change the hearts of those tribesmen who had fought any invaders for centuries. They have the geography on their side, especially when it came to OP Keating. With our air power and firepower we could kill insurgents by the tens but they kept coming at theOutpost ready to die for their cause. Anyone could see how foolish it was to locate that OP where it was. And of course the insurgents who were highly trained saw a great opportunity to overrun the camp. I felt badly for the soldiers who had awful living quarters (fleas everywhere) and were asked to stay on extra months. As always with our troops, I am amazed at their training and grit. Makes me very proud of our military to do a thankless job to the utmost despite awful odds. I think sometimes the brass doesn’t learn from history. The men weren’t given enough supplies either. I was a bit disappointed that Clint Romesha wasn’t given a bit more due but in this battle there was a lot of bravery to go around. I thought it a bit ironic that when the OP was shut down the insurgents flooded the camp and some of the huge bombs never detonated. Subsequent ones did.
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Jeremy D. Paulin
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Great Movie
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
Fantastic Movie. Really brings home Stupidity of the American Generals and the fact that they haven''t learned anything about locating Fire Bases since the Viet Nam war. It also sheds the light on how they don''t care enough about the "Grunts" of the military.... See more
Fantastic Movie. Really brings home Stupidity of the American Generals and the fact that they haven''t learned anything about locating Fire Bases since the Viet Nam war. It also sheds the light on how they don''t care enough about the "Grunts" of the military.

The movie does a fantastic job telling the story of the "Grunts". It brings into your living room the idiocy and stupidity that the grunts have to put up with on a daily basis and shines a light on the problems of today''s military while showing who the real heroes are.

The men of the unit are true heroes. The deaths that unit suffered should never have happened. We should never forget those men and the sacrifices they made for the idiot Generals who thought that location was actually a good idea to put a fire base.
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Andy Glass
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A difficult story to read
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2015
If you''re looking for a document that presents a case for pulling out of the middle-east region, this is it. Though I felt it was about 200 pages too long, it''s likely how the soldiers who were there felt - no end in sight. Tapper takes you through a seemingly endless... See more
If you''re looking for a document that presents a case for pulling out of the middle-east region, this is it. Though I felt it was about 200 pages too long, it''s likely how the soldiers who were there felt - no end in sight. Tapper takes you through a seemingly endless carousel/grind of attacks, casualties, restaffing and all over again, all with no clear objective and facing an enemy and culture that Americans just can''t get an understanding of or on the same page with, and a people who don''t want them in their country regardless of whatever humanitarian aims may be in play. A needless waste of lives, the efforts in Afghanistan were/are to no good end except death and ruined lives. With that in mind, I was moved by the dedication and heroism of the troops that were placed in the mess that was/is the war in Afghanistan. Many of them made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, while being placed in an un-winnable and needless situation. The book brings you into the lives of the troops who were there, their stories of loss, frustration and the pursuit of an invisible goal. Well written, this was not an easy read, and it shouldn''t be as it''s an ugly chapter in American history.
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Janlin
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Waste of lives,
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2021
Having been a Royal Marine Commandos wife for over 40 years I found this to represent the lack of hierarchy understanding of what they ask of their men, my husband served all over the world and he has explained the stupidity of such actions in such a death trap, we will...See more
Having been a Royal Marine Commandos wife for over 40 years I found this to represent the lack of hierarchy understanding of what they ask of their men, my husband served all over the world and he has explained the stupidity of such actions in such a death trap, we will never change the way of their lives, YES I feel sorry for the younger generations BUT we the western world have not and will never achieve what our politics preach; these countries need to deal with their own issues, billions have been spent and thousands of lives have been lost, FOR WHAT? I feel sorry for the bereaved families.
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V. Morgan
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Stunning
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2015
Superb reporting on a tale of heart breaking bravery and sacrifice on the ground and some grim background of hubris arrogance and one right stupidity by senior soldiers. To chase the oil in Iraq Bush abandoned Afghanistan and left his own forces over stretched and poorly...See more
Superb reporting on a tale of heart breaking bravery and sacrifice on the ground and some grim background of hubris arrogance and one right stupidity by senior soldiers. To chase the oil in Iraq Bush abandoned Afghanistan and left his own forces over stretched and poorly supported. This has yet to come back and bite him but God knows it bit far too many of the men who lived and fought for their country in Afghanistan.
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Lions and donkeys
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2021
Great brother hooded, lions led by donkeys. Waste of your life
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phil
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Great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2017
I found reading this book very interesting and feeling total respect for these guys in such a dangerous environment. The book gives a great account of conditions and what the men were against everyday it also shows some photos of the camps. I hope all these brave men find...See more
I found reading this book very interesting and feeling total respect for these guys in such a dangerous environment. The book gives a great account of conditions and what the men were against everyday it also shows some photos of the camps. I hope all these brave men find inner peace with their lives now
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mrs l j diplock
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Amazing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2018
A comprehensive view from all aspects of life serving in East Afghanistan, and the impact on those that served and their families
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