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Red Platoon : A True Story of American Valor

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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 Iceshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 378 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 33mm | 680g
  • Dutton Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525955054
  • 9780525955054
  • 430,733

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"I read the first half of "Red Platoon" in one sitting and that night had such intense combat dreams that I actually thought twice about picking the book up again. In addition to being a superb soldier, Romesha is an utterly irresistible writer. I'm completely overwhelmed by what he has done with this book. The assault on Camp Keating is 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 authorof "The Perfect Storm" Rendered hour by hour and sometimes second by second, here is battle narrative the way it's supposed to be written. Gritty, plangent, and unflinching, "Red Platoon" issure to become a classic of the genre.Through his courageous and no doubt painful act of remembrance, Romesha has done his comrades, indeed all of us, a great service" "leaving an epitaph that will live through the ages. Hampton Sides, author of "Ghost Soldiers" and "In the Kingdom of Ice " "Red Platoon" is riveting. Like many who were in either Iraq, Afghanistan, or both, I often read books about the wars reluctantly, because it is hard to capture the essence of the experience. In my view Red Platoon is a brilliant book. Had Clint Romesha depicted the soldiers at Keating as a collection of steely-eyed warriors, their feat would have been impressive. Because he captures the reality of a collection of personalities as diverse as America itself, their courage is truly inspiring. General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army, Retired "Red Platoon"celebrates the most crucial aspect of military operations: the team. Clinton Romesha and the men of Black Knight Troop faced harrowing conditions and a determined enemy during the Battle for COP Keating, and in the process discovered exactly who they are. This account is an important tribute to everyone who fought, and especially to the eight Americans who on that day made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Mark Owen, author of "No Easy Day "and "No Hero" "Red Platoon" exemplifies the courage and resiliency our country was founded on. Clint is a truebrotherand a man thatI look up to. Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor Recipient and author of" Into the Fire" "The men of Red Platoon and their actions at COP Keating deserve to be known. Clint Romesha's story takes hold from page one and makes you feel every inch of the battle, but it is the bond between soldiers that will stick with you. "Red Platoon" is on my list of the best books about the Afghan war." - Kevin Maurer, bestselling co-author of "No Easy Day ""A visceral, heart-pounding account of men in close-quarter combat that is simply impossible to put down. Astonishingly intimate and beautifully written. A word of advice: don't start this book if you're planning on doing anything else for the next few hours." --Scott Anderson, author of" "Lawrence in Arabia"" Danger and death accompany combat. When unexpectedly surrounded and outnumbered by a Taliban enemy force, the stakes soared. Responses by the men of Keating were courageous. Led by Staff Sargent Clint Romesha, this band of brothers countered with supreme valor. This true story will make you proud of the American soldier. You will not want to put "Red Platoon" down. Colonel Bill Smullen, U.S. Army (Ret.)"show more

About Clinton Romesha

Former Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha enlisted in the Army in 1999. He deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the time of the deadly attack on Combat Outpost (COP) Keating on October 3, 2009, Staff Sergeant Romesha was assigned as a section leader for Bravo Troop, 3-61st Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including the Medal of Honor, which has been received by only twelve others for the heroism they displayed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Romesha separated from the Army in 2011. He lives with his family in North Dakota.show more

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