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The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jake Tapper

Narrated By: Rob Shapiro

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: November 2012

Duration: 22 hours 21 minutes


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.


  • AJ K

    My husband was deployed with this group and this book is spot on with the accuracy. Jake Tapper went out of his way to encompass not only the events but the heart and soul of this important chapter in OEF history. We were very pleased with his telling of this story. The narrator was great also. There wee so many difficult words in this story with the names of Afghanistan towns, languages and names. He went thru them flawlessly and eloquently. Very enjoyable!!

  • Sean Collins

    Outstanding, I am a Maintenance Manager for a residential community and I am very very busy as I logged 260 + hours of Overtime in 2015, I love being able to listen to a book, and being a Vet of 15 years in the Navy & Army reserves as a 95B Combat MP, I felt like I was in COP Keating with my Brothers! And made me very emotional. Thank you , Sean M Collins. USN RM2 / USAR SGT. E-5