The Outpost by Jake Tapper
An Untold Story of American Valor

86%

13 Critic Reviews

Tapper's voice is understated, not polemical — just a good reporter letting the facts speak for themselves.
-LA Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jake Tapper

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Jake Tapper is a CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. Prior to joining CNN, he was the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. 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.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 665 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Oct 15 2012

Whatever may have been the merits of the original intervention in Afghanistan, this unadorned, powerful account challenges the purposes and wisdom of America's ongoing military presence there.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Oct 01 2012

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.

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Wall Street Journal

Below average
Reviewed by SARAH CHAYES on Nov 09 2012

Despite its abundant detail, and the lengths to which Mr. Tapper goes to interview protagonists and cross-check their accounts, "The Outpost" lacks one key element: authenticity.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Curt Schleier on Nov 10 2012

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."

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Tony Perry on Dec 13 2012

Tapper's voice is understated, not polemical — just a good reporter letting the facts speak for themselves.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Los Angeles Times on Dec 16 2012

An intricate account about battlefield bravery hamstrung by military bureaucracy and sluggishness.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Seth G. Jones on Jan 19 2013

Tapper spends too much time providing tactical details of battles and too little offering a nuanced, thoughtful explanation of why the U.S. Army struggled so much in Nuristan.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Sam Stein on Nov 26 2012

The Outpost is a heartbreaking chronicle of the rotation of soldiers asked to oversee an underfunded, often thankless mission...even at the onset, it was clear to those involved that the outpost was one step short of a death trap

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Curt Schleier on Dec 23 2012

I could go on and on about the Kafka-esque absurdity of Camp Keating, but “The Outpost” is about much more than that.

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Patheos

Excellent
Reviewed by Tony Rossi on Nov 11 2012

“The Outpost” is an alternately exhilarating, heartbreaking and maddening book.

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Breitbart

Excellent
Reviewed by Kurt Schlichter on Nov 22 2012

The Outpost is a worthy addition to any bookshelf next to the two gold standard texts of modern war – Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down and Sean Naylor’s Not a Good Day To Die.

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Time Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Nate Rawlings on Nov 13 2012

Analyzing the consequences of decisions, large and small, is what makes Tapper’s book so important. 

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FTR Radio

Excellent
Reviewed by FTR Radio on Sep 25 2012

Stories that I’m haven’t heard told both more eloquently and brutally honest as in Jake Tapper’s “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.” I seriously can’t recommend this book enough.

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