Red Platoon

Red Platoon

A True Story of American Valor

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam

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

Baker & Taylor
A first-hand account of the thirteen-hour firefight at Command Outpost Keating describes the events of the October 3, 2009 attack and how the sacrifices of heroic men raised questions about whether the strategically vulnerable outpost should ever have been built.

& Taylor

A comprehensive account of the 13-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by a Medal of Honor recipient describes the harrowing events of the October 3, 2009 attack and how the sacrifices and victories of heroic men raised questions about whether the strategically vulnerable outpost should ever have been built.

Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
ISBN: 9780525955054
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 ROMESHA
Characteristics: xiii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Feb 06, 2018

When I began reading the obstacle to continue to read was the poor prose and the narrative was not catching. I have not read the entire book but will push through. Maybe I'll get un-bogged down.

Dec 18, 2017

I have to agree this is a fantastic read. I will be recommending it highly. I will go out on a limb and say the battle of outpost Keating is the Ia Drang of Afghanistan - the urgency is there from the get go.

Sep 22, 2017

Have read a lot of war fiction and nonfiction. This is now on my best list. One of the best actual battle reads I've had.


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