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Red Platoon

Author : Clinton Romesha
ISBN : 9781409052517
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'It doesn’t get better' – that was the unofficial motto of Red Platoon, stuck at Command Post Keating, one of the most isolated and dangerous US army bases in Afghanistan, in the middle of a free-fire zone. At the bottom of a deep valley, Keating was the worst place imaginable to build a base - like a fish bowl, the Taliban could see every move the men made. Once it became glaringly obvious that the base was a failure, Black Knight Troop was sent in to dismantle it - the last men in, the last men out. Then on October 3rd, 2009, many hundreds of insurgents attacked the base. In the hours that followed, the men of Red Platoon endured a sustained and brutal attack that left eight dead and many more wounded. Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha won the Medal of Honor for his role in the defence of Keating, and in Red Platoon he tells the true story of the men who defended Keating and of the twelve hours of hell that they endured. Red Platoon is a tale of sheer courage and grit under fire, a devastating portrait of the war in Afghanistan, and a memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives. Red Platoon is both a heart-pounding race for survival and a fascinating and nuanced analysis of military strategy as it’s fought on the ground, in a war we still don't fully understand.

Red Platoon

Author : Clinton Romesha
ISBN : 1848094647
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'It doesnâe(tm)t get better' âe" that was the unofficial motto of Red Platoon, stuck at Command Post Keating, one of the most isolated and dangerous US army bases in Afghanistan, in the middle of a free-fire zone. At the bottom of a deep valley, Keating was the worst place imaginable to build a base - like a fish bowl, the Taliban could see every move the men made. Once it became glaringly obvious that the base was a failure, Black Knight Troop was sent in to dismantle it - the last men in, the last men out. Then on October 3rd, 2009, many hundreds of insurgents attacked the base. In the hours that followed, the men of Red Platoon endured a sustained and brutal attack that left eight dead and many more wounded. Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha won the Medal of Honor for his role in the defence of Keating, and in Red Platoon he tells the true story of the men who defended Keating and of the twelve hours of hell that they endured. Red Platoon is a tale of sheer courage and grit under fire, a devastating portrait of the war in Afghanistan, and a memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives. Red Platoon is both a heart-pounding race for survival and a fascinating and nuanced analysis of military strategy as itâe(tm)s fought on the ground, in a war we still don't fully understand.

The Outpost

Author : Jake Tapper
ISBN : 031618540X
Genre : Political Science
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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.

Outlaw Platoon

Author : Sean Parnell
ISBN : 9780062066411
Genre : History
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A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan. Acclaimed for its vivid, poignant, and honest recreation of sixteen brutal months of nearly continuous battle in the deadly Hindu Kesh, Outlaw Platoon is a Band of Brothers or We Were Soldiers Once and Young for the early 21st century—an action-packed, highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery. A magnificent account of heroes, renegades, infidels, and brothers, it stands with Sebastian Junger’s War as one of the most important books to yet emerge from the heat, smoke, and fire of America’s War in Afghanistan.

Living With Honor

Author : Salvatore Giunta
ISBN : 9781451691535
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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There was the sound of a single bullet, and then . . . a deafening barrage of gunfire and explosions. There were, literally, thousands of bullets in the air at once, and more tracers streaking across the sky than there were stars overhead. It was a miracle that most of us weren’t killed instantly. Staff Sergeant Salvatore, “Sal,” Giunta was the first living person to receive the Medal of Honor—the highest honor presented by the U.S. military—since the conclusion of the Vietnam War. In Living with Honor, this hero who maintains he is “just a soldier” tells us the story of the fateful day in Afghanistan that led to his receiving the unique honor. With candor, insight, and humility, Giunta not only recounts the harrowing events leading up to when he and his company fell under siege, but also illustrates the empowering, invaluable lessons he learned. As a seventeen-year-old teen working at Subway, Giunta was like any other kid trying to figure out which step to take next with his life after graduating from high school. When Giunta walked into the local Army recruiting center in his hometown, he just wanted a free T-shirt. But when he walked out, his curiosity had been piqued and he enlisted in the Army. Deployed to Afghanistan, Giunta soon learned from the more seasoned soldiers how “different” this war was compared to others that America had fought. Stationed with the 173rd Airborne Brigade near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in the Korengal Valley— also known as the “Valley of Death”—Giunta and his company were ambushed by Taliban insurgents. Giunta went into action after seeing that his squad leader had fallen. Exposing himself to blistering enemy fire, Giunta charged toward his squad leader and administered first aid while he covered him with his own body. Though Giunta was struck by the relentless barrage of bullets, he engaged the enemy and then attempted to reach additional wounded soldiers. When he realized that yet another soldier was separated from his unit, he advanced forward. Discovering two rebels carrying away a U.S. soldier, Giunta killed one insurgent and wounded the other, and immediately provided aid to the injured soldier. More than just a remarkable memoir by a remarkable person, Living with Honor is a powerful testament to the human spirit and all that one can achieve when faced with seemingly impossible obstacles. *** The President clasps the medal around my neck. Applause fills the room. But I know it’s not for me alone. I look at my mom and dad. I look at Brennan’s parents and I look at Mendoza’s. And I try to communicate to Brennan and Mendoza wordlessly: This is for you . . . and for everyone who has fought and died. For everyone who has made the ultimate sacrifice. I am not a hero. I’m just a soldier. —Salvatore A. Giunta, from Living with Honor

No Way Out

Author : Mitch Weiss
ISBN : 0425253406
Genre : History
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Relates the story of a Special Forces team who was surprised by their target in Afghanistan before they had a chance to carry out their mission and recounts the battle that won all ten soldiers Silver Stars.

Among Heroes

Author : Brandon Webb
ISBN : 9780451475633
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As a Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb rose to the top of the world's most elite sniper corps. Along the way, Webb served beside, trained and supported men he came to know not just as fellow warriors, but as friends and, eventually, as heroes. This is his personal account of eight extraordinary SEALs, who gave all for comrades and country. These are men who left behind powerfully instructive examples of what it means to be alive - and what it truly means to be a hero.

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