Roberts Ridge

Roberts Ridge

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Their mission was straightforward - to set up an Al Qaeda observation post in the south-eastern mountains of Afghanistan. No-one was expecting any difficulties. Instead three men - a Navy SEAL, an Air Force Combat Air Controller and an Army Ranger platoon commander - were pinned down by hostile fire on top of Takur Ghat mountain. Only one of them survived to recall the horrors of what became a truly terrible day...The resulting rescue mission turned into a seventeen hour battle that left seven soldiers dead. "Roberts Ridge" is the visceral story of those seventeen hours. With access to Pentagon generals, the SEALS and the survivors, Malcolm MacPherson takes the reader deep into the heart of the battle of Takur Ghat, and brings us face to face with the reality of the new war against terrorism.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 199 x 26mm | 278g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552151394
  • 9780552151399
  • 1,225,971

Review quote

"A true story of courage that captures-over the course of seventeen hours-all the drama and sacrifice of war. Impossible to put down. Highly recommended."--James Bradley, author of" "Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys "At once a terrifying and compelling narrative, Roberts Ridge strikes awe for its unflinching and honest portrayal of the courage, determination, and capability of American fighting men. This true tale resonates with vitally important lessons of success and failure on the field of battle."--Eric Haney, author of" "Inside Delta Force"""In the tradition of "Black Hawk Down," Malcolm MacPherson vividly brings to life this harrowing story of courage, pathos, and war at its grittiest. For military history buffs, or those interested in the front lines of the war on terror, Roberts Ridge is a must read."--Jay Winik, author of "April 1865: The Month That Saved America""[MacPherson] is at his best when he uses his access to the special-forces fighters and spills details, such as the smell of a bullet-shredded pine tree and the slow icing of the sweat and blood that soaked the men's clothing.... a story with a strong heart."--"The Hartford Courant" "Roberts Ridge is a reminder that combat, despite America's huge technological advantages, always boils down to the basics: Men, machinery, maps and mojo.... Like "Black Hawk Down," there is no happy ending .... Ultimately, Roberts Ridge is a study in courage and comradeship. How some of America's finest young men, in the crucible of combat, refuse to surrender their buddies in the face of gut-clenching firepower, grinding cold and the bewildering fog and friction of war."--"The Flint Journal" "Animpressively detailed account of one heart-wrenching battle in the invasion of Afghanistan. MacPherson gives readers a rare, behind-the-scenes look ... A Great read." -- "St. Petersburg Times ""A real-life thriller. . . that bridges the breach between the military and a civilian culture possessing little knowledge or experience of the military." --"Booklist"show more

About Malcolm MacPherson

Malcolm McPherson was Newsweek's war correspondent in Israel, Cyprus, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Northern Ireland. He is also a former US Marine. As a writer he has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post and Playboy as well as several non-fiction books, most recently The Cowboy and His Elephant and On a Wing and a Prayer. He lives in Warrenton, Virginia.show more

Back cover copy

The fate of so many lives depended on their mission - to set up an Al Qaeda observation post overlooking the battlefield in the south-eastern mountains of Afghanistan. No-one expected trouble. Instead three men - a Navy SEAL, an Air Force Combat Air Controller and an Army Ranger platoon commander - were pinned down by hostile fire on top of Takur Ghat mountain. Only one of them lived to recall the horrors of that terrible day... The resulting rescue mission turned into a seventeen hour fight for survival that left seven soldiers dead. Roberts Ridge is the visceral story of those hours. With access to Pentagon generals, the SEALS and the survivors, Malcolm MacPherson takes you deep into the heart of the vicious fight on Takur Ghat and brings you face to face with the reality of the new war against terrorism.show more

Review Text

"A true story of courage that captures - over the course of seventeen hours - all the drama and sacrifice of war. Impossible to put down. Highly recommended."show more

Rating details

2,072 ratings
4.19 out of 5 stars
5 44% (914)
4 36% (740)
3 16% (340)
2 3% (56)
1 1% (22)

Our customer reviews

It is a minute-by-minute chronicle of an unlucky mission to take a mountaintop in Afghanistan. Detailed and correct, however, its style leaves something to be desired... I found it a bit boring. It will be more interesting in a film version if there will be a film version.show more
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