Red Platoon

41fd-gh6mzlBook #11: Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor, Clinton Romesha

Charged with dismantling a strategically indefensible outpost in Nuristan province in Afghanistan, the members of Black Knight Troop found themselves in a fight for their lives against 300 Taliban fighters.  Beginning in the early morning hours, the men in Command Outpost Keating found themselves surrounded, under attack and overrun by the enemy.  Over the ensuing dozen hours, the men of Black Knight Troop fought to regain control of their base and repel the Taliban.  In this memoir, Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha tells the story of the events of October 3, 2009.  It is a testament to the heroism of the 8 soldiers killed and a tribute to everybody on the ground and in the air that contributed to bringing the rest of the company home alive.  It is a moving book honoring the heroes that gave their lives in the service of their country.

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The Forever War

41zlujxgfxlBook #20: The Forever War, Dexter Filkins

The last decade and a half has seen perpetual conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.  In fact today’s kids younger than 15 know nothing other than America at war.  Yet, unlike other wars, the average American knows so little about what is going on thousands of miles away.  In fact, ask yourself, how did we get into each conflict?  What were the issues that drew us there?  Who are the major players and who are we fighting?  What are the major objectives?  In this book, Dexter Filkins writes about his experience as a reported imbedded with the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He provide a unique portrait of 2 countries torn by war and divided by religious and political sects as well as a poignant memoir of the young Americans who served in these conflicts.

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Outlaw Platoon

b005lc0s7w-01-lBook #40: Outlaw Platoon, Sean Parnell

Told from the perspective of the platoon’s commanding officer, Outlaw Platoon is the story of a platoon in the US Army 10th Mountain Division during their 16 month tour in Afghanistan.  It is a riveting story of the joys and hardships experienced by this platoon.  Lt Parnell describes the way this 16 month tour changed him and his men from inexperienced soldiers to a combat hardened fighting force.  It is a modern day “Band of Brothers.”

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Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope and Rescue by SEAL Team Six

b00kq2g37g-01-lBook #12: Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope and Rescue by SEAL Team Six, Dilip Joseph

Compelled by his desire to bring health and healing to the people of Afghanistan, Dilip Joseph joined Morning Star (an NGO designed to bring economic and community development to the people of Afghanistan) as their medical director.  While serving there, he was captured by the Taliban.  This book is the fascinating story of his captivity and his interaction with his Taliban captors.

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The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

b0076dfc3o-01-lBook #30: The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, Jake Tapper

Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in Nuristan provence was attacked on October 3, 2009 as the deadliest attack on US soldiers in the war in Afghanistan in 2009.  In this book, Jake tapper chronicles the 3 year story of COP Keating and the soldiers that sacrificed so much for the mission of counterinsurgency in Nuristan.

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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

b000jmkntw-01-lBook #23: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright

In the wake of 9/11 radical, fundamental Islam has been in the forefront of the American consciousness.  But the people and ideas that formed Al-Qaeda found their roots decades earlier.  In this book Lawrence Wright outlines the history of radical fundamental Islam and their attempt to establish an islamic theocracy.  It is a fascinating trek through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Sudan and ultimately to the foot of the World Trade Center.  As Americans, if we want to understand contemporary movements like ISIS we need to understand the history of the threat.

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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

b000qriglc-01-lBook #2: Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, Marcus Luttrell

Afghanistan raid gone bad, Marcus Luttrell and his fellow SEALs find themselves in a position where it is kill or be killed.  This book discusses the virtue and strength of SEAL warriors and the struggle that would change the life of a man and a village.

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