The Outpost

By Jake Tapper

  • Release Date: 2012-11-13
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 352 Ratings


The basis of the film starring Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood, The Outpost is 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.

"The Outpost is a mind-boggling, all-too-true story of heroism, hubris, failed strategy, and heartbreaking sacrifice. If you want to understand how the war in Afghanistan went off the rails, you need to read this book." -- Jon Krakauer

Video Review The Outpost - Jake Tapper


  • Just watch the movie

    By Erk31
    It’s just a never ending saga of every battle they endured the entire time. Not sure I’ll be able to finish the last 150 pages.
  • Great movie, very moving.

    By Cancerboarder2004
    This was one of the best movies I’ve seen all year this will go on my regular watch rotation
  • MAJOR, US ARMY (Retired)

    By Larry Daniel
    As always, our troopers performed their duties in a magnificent manner without regard to their leadership's failures. Jake did an excellent job telling their story!
  • Modern warfare classic....

    By miller74md
    Excellent read from beginning to end. I was active duty USMC and a US Army Ranger grad. The stories of these men are like so many who've gone before - and those who will someday walk the path. Brothers one and all. Well done.
  • Amazing

    By Cody Compton
    Incredible account of the brave men and women who served in this Afghanistan. Must read, excellently reported on
  • Great book

    By mpetersonjr7AF
    All around one of the best books I have read!
  • Amazing

    By Jrhubes
    The book was amazing. The author does a great job of describing the hell theses heroes had to endure while everyone knew the position of the base was just plain dumb. It makes me mad that as a taxpayer the money that was wasted in trying to win over the corrupt elders of the village. If the generals and politicians would have used half that money on more assets for the base, there may be more of those brave men around to tell their story. God bless our servicemen and women and their families!
  • Rick Day

    By Rday99
    Outstanding description of the war in Afghanistan, the incredible bravery of the American soldiers serving there and why Afghanistan cannot be conquered. Very detailed description of the horror of war. I have read a lot of the current books on Iraq and Afghanistan, and this is as good as any of them.
  • Outstanding and Compelling

    By Chili d
    The author does a fantastic of collecting facts and telling the story of these true heroes that were put in a bad situation. These warriors endured what most of us couldn't imagine from losing their brothers life's, limbs and a constant level of threat from the enemy.
  • Outstanding

    By Phillip Johnston
    This book is simply amazing. While reading it I was so overcome with the sacrifices made by the men stationed at COP Keating and their families that I often had to put the book down for awhile just to try and wrap my head around what I had just read. This book illustrates the extraordinary skill and professionalism of our men and women at arms, and how they are able to accomplish the mission even when politicians and military brass are unsure of what the mission should be. Thank you to those men that served, fought and died at COP Keating. You are my heroes.