Red Platoon - Clinton Romesha

Red Platoon

By Clinton Romesha

  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Military
5 Score: 5 (From 569 Ratings)
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.

 
“‘It doesn't get better.’ To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke.”
 
In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. 
 
On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost eight men their lives. 
 
Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. 

“A vitally important story that needs to be understood by the public, and I cannot imagine an account that does it better justice that Romesha’s.”—Sebastian Junger, journalist and author of The Perfect Storm

Red Platoon is sure to become a classic of the genre.”—Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice

Reviews

  • Heartbreaking

    5
    By Durango73
    Despite i'm not a US born,this book almost made me cry thinking about those soldiers looking for a way to survive with everything playing against,i'm mexican but I feel sorry about the dead and their families.god bless them all...
  • Red platoon

    5
    By LEB34
    Hard book to put down .Red platoon ls one of the best war stories I have read. American heroes all.
  • A truly incredible account of courage and valor

    5
    By Dulenasty
    Gripping. You will not want to stop reading! An amazing group of brothers.
  • Great Book!

    5
    By Russ_33
    First off I'd like to thank the men and women that risk their lives to keep us safe and free. The book - this was a great read that was hard to read at times because of what the men of COP Keating had to endure. It was also hard to put down as well. In my mind I can't imagine what those men went through. While I've never been in the military I do feel that I have a great deal of common sense. For the life of me I can't figure out why we'd put our guys into a situation that spells DOOM. God bless you all and thank all of our veterans out there.
  • Red Platoon

    5
    By EWBrewer
    Without a doubt probably one of the best books I've read. Thanks to those who serve, have served and especially those given their all and to their families , so very much appreciated !!!
  • One of the best!

    5
    By 
    One of the best books I have ever read.
  • Thanks for writing

    5
    By J Dawks
    Amazing story about guys that are far braver than I. The story will leave a mark and is a great reminder of the sacrifices these young men and their families make to defend us all.
  • It will be made into a movie

    4
    By Dr Liberty
    While reading the book I could hear the narration, sort of in the style of "Goodfellas." I predicted movies for "Lone Survivor" and "American Sniper." I'm right about this.
  • Great book

    5
    By Hugocatprine
    Awesome book!
  • Great read

    5
    By Selmanr
    Amazing story. Read half of the book in one day could not put the book down

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