Red Platoon

Red Platoon by Clinton Romesha Book Summary


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

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- Too rare a view into military life5 star

This book provides all too rare a glimpse into what it’s like to be in a military attack. Movies try to show us. This book made me feel like I was right there in Keating with them. The collective story of Red Platoon proved to be hard to put down and yet hard to read at the same time as the gruesome reality of what our soldiers face comes alive in text. And all for our collective benefit and our way of life that they all feel is worthy of protecting. Thank you men of Red Platoon! Thank you Clint Romesha.

- Speechless5 star

What an amazing book, to the troops God bless you and your families. To the warriors who didn’t make it my heart is with your families.

- Red platoon5 star

Great book thanks for your service

- I felt I was at Camp Keating5 star

This by far is one of the most addictive and engrossing battle narratives I have ever read. I got to know each and every hero especially those who gave it all. As a Vietnam Veteran I felt their pain. The photos really brought dimension to these brave men. Anyone who has not served should read this book. I think they would find new found respect for those who served. GOD BLESS AMERICA and OUR MILITARY

- Amazing!5 star

As a combat vet in Nam, I have always wanted to find an author who "got it". Romesha has. I read many paragraphs 10 times or more, absolutely enthralled with his usage of words and phrases. This is a tale of raw, bloody violence but also a wonderful story of dedication, courage and sacrifice? Great job!

- Heartbreaking5 star

Despite i'm not a US born,this book almost made me cry thinking about those soldiers looking for a way to survive with everything playing against,i'm mexican but I feel sorry about the dead and their families.god bless them all...

- Red platoon5 star

Hard book to put down .Red platoon ls one of the best war stories I have read. American heroes all.

- A truly incredible account of courage and valor5 star

Gripping. You will not want to stop reading! An amazing group of brothers.

- Great Book!5 star

First off I'd like to thank the men and women that risk their lives to keep us safe and free. The book - this was a great read that was hard to read at times because of what the men of COP Keating had to endure. It was also hard to put down as well. In my mind I can't imagine what those men went through. While I've never been in the military I do feel that I have a great deal of common sense. For the life of me I can't figure out why we'd put our guys into a situation that spells DOOM. God bless you all and thank all of our veterans out there.

- Red Platoon5 star

Without a doubt probably one of the best books I've read. Thanks to those who serve, have served and especially those given their all and to their families , so very much appreciated !!!

- One of the best!5 star

One of the best books I have ever read.

- Thanks for writing5 star

Amazing story about guys that are far braver than I. The story will leave a mark and is a great reminder of the sacrifices these young men and their families make to defend us all.

- It will be made into a movie4 star

While reading the book I could hear the narration, sort of in the style of "Goodfellas." I predicted movies for "Lone Survivor" and "American Sniper." I'm right about this.

- Great book5 star

Awesome book!

- Great read5 star

Amazing story. Read half of the book in one day could not put the book down

- Sobering and well written story5 star

This book gives a detailed account of the all out assault that took place on COP Keating in Afghanistan. SSG Romesha takes you into the chaos of what him and his brothers experienced on that day but tells his story in such a way that you build a clear picture of it. You won't want to put the book down.

- Must Add For Your Reading List!!!!5 star

This is the first non-fiction book I have ever read where I couldn't put it down until complete. I had to force myself to stop reading to get to sleep, were as, I usually read to fall asleep. After the first few pages, the author-a Medal of Honoree-embeds you into COP Keating as if you are his shadow. At times through the story (battle), I had to remind myself this was not fiction. The story illustrates how great our military might can be but how that this still cannot always overcome foolish leadership decisions and a stubborn adversary before the loss of one of our young soldiers. By the end of the story you can't help but be filled with sadness for the loss of those killed but you also are overcome by American pride for their courageous stand.

- Wow! Great book!5 star

I have read several military books! This one was the best! It will surely be a huge movie!!!

- Red Platoon - Simply Outstanding5 star

An amazing true story of unflinching courage and wit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Not only that, but so well written, you'd think Clinton Romesha is an award winning novelist! Read won't be disappointed.

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God bless America. Thanks

- Non stop action4 star

The battle for FOP Keating was fearless attack against the Americans who at a cost defended and repelled the attack using superior skills and firepower. Good read!

- Be a better person5 star

This book hit me very hard. I can only say after reading this book, as well as its how written and the amazing story, go. Live, and be the best you can possibly at everything you do. Because Soldiers and Law Enforcement every single day are giving everything up.

- I'm truly impressed5 star

What a great soldier and great writer. Thank you for your service and writing talent.

- Could not put it down.5 star

In a nutshell. One of the better books I have read in a long time.

- Red Platoon5 star

This is an awesome read. I so appreciate all of you men who helps us stay free. I felt the pain you had to go thru when you lost your friends. It had to be so hard to go on for such along time. I can understand PTSD more than I did before. You all did an awesome job and it the very best you could. Your friends that was killed are proud of each and everyone of you they was already in heaven cheering you all to complete the mission. Love you guys.

- Red platoon5 star

Very well written and moving. We all owe a tremendous debt to these men and many like them. Thank you

- Riveting and Real5 star

One of the most powerful, engrossing books I've ever read. I guess it was what they call a real page turner, because I couldn't put it down ... and when I did, I couldn't wait to get back to it. On one level, having been in the military without experiencing combat, it provided a kind of odd closure for me. On another level, it made me more keenly aware than I could have imagined of the daily sacrifices by those who protect the thin line between our way of life and those who would eagerly crush it beneath the weight of their perverted, medieval ideology. Most highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the stuff of true heroes.

- Amazing and sad all at the same time5 star

This book is by far the best I have read in a really long time. It may sound cliché but it really should be read by everyone. I would absolutely recommend it.

- Amazing5 star

Sgt. Ro and the men of Red, White, Blue and HQ platoons is both frightening and inspiring. All of the men in this book are heroes and their story should be required reading for everyone. Simply put, this book is amazing! Thank you for telling your story, Sgt. Ro.

- Very intense!5 star

Probably the most intense, interesting, best and saddest book I have read. How did this guys do this?

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#KeroroFact Sergeant Keroro is the toad leader of the Keroro Platoon, evidenced by the leadership star he wears on…

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While honoring Lt. Michael Murphy and completing #murph this evening. I listened to Red platoon by Medal of Honor r…

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@CharlesShort31 bruh 😂😂😂 this is our platoon and Cummins is the guy in the red

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#MemorialDay2020 Book recommendation: 'Red Platoon' by Clinton Romesha. A story of incompetence by strategic office…

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@LynnLynnlowry Apocalypse now, thin red line ,platoon

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All right, I've got tomorrow off (hopefully), so tonight's entertainment is a trio of war films that were five buck…

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@SupGirl Platoon, Inglorious Bastards the Bridge Over the River Kwai many more Flags of our Fathers, Iwo Jima, Fath…

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@THX118SI Defoe is ace in platoon I would have been in there dig out not with the red necks 😂😂 bravo 6 do nice figures of the cast

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