The Outpost

  • by Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by Rob Shapiro
  • 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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A must read!

What made the experience of listening to The Outpost the most enjoyable?

Very detailed everything from the bigger picture to the soldiers day to day lives. He also did a great job leaving politics out and letting you the reader decide for themselves but moreover this is a book about our troops and their sacrifice along with their families.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the men mentioned in this book and also those who may not have been mentioned.

Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never listened to this narrator but he did a excellent job, he keeps the same voice throughout not changing for different characters but I found this to be a good thing not only because nothing sounded silly but it also does not put a "fake" voice to those that sacrificed, not unless the narrator knew exactly what these men and women's voices sounded like should he attempt their voice, and he does not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to but couldn't so I did it in two.

Any additional comments?

If you like books like Lone Survivor, American Sniper etc. then you will most likely enjoy this book, it reminded me more of the Vietnam book Matterhorn which was excellent.

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- Jason "Say something about yourself!"

Good, could have been great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outpost?

The bravery of the men was remarkable. They should not be forgotten.

Any additional comments?

There are several errors in the audio file, where the narration will skip or bounce around. I re-downloaded the book thinking that I had an erroneous file to no avail. The story is great, and as I mentioned, I applaud Jake Tapper for telling that story. My only complaint lies in the errors of the audio file, and the fact that the book jumps around from character to character so rapidly that it is often difficult to track.

God Bless our Troops, thats all I have to say.

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- Ryan ""The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-13-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio