Red Platoon - Clinton Romesha

Red Platoon

By Clinton Romesha

  • Release Date: 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Military
Score: 5
From 996 Ratings



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


  • Amazing Book about real life superheroes!

    By Kenternet
    What a well written book about such a complex and unorganized situation. Couldn’t put this down. I’m amazed at the bravery of these heroes, what they did for all of us. We should prop them up and treat them with the honor they deserve. To the 8 men who didn’t make it, thank you!! And to all these soldiers, we appreciate you and the sacrifices you have made for all of us. Love this book & love our military!
  • No words

    By Shooter461
    I couldn’t put it down. Thank y’all for your service.
  • Dont miss this book

    By 1:345$;83@":
    I watched the movie " The Outpost" and was was left stunned, i then watched a documentary on netflix about Medal or honor recipients and found out that two men in that battle were recipients, Clinton Romesha being one of them and during his interview this book was mentioned, i purchased it and could not put it down. Thank you to all our service men and women i can never understand what you go through but books like this get me closer.
  • Too rare a view into military life

    By BatmanAZ
    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.
  • Speechless

    By Michael102481
    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 platoon

    By Vietnam 1967
    Great book thanks for your service
  • I felt I was at Camp Keating

    By NAS-NY1
    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!

    By Valley Forge Decendant
    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!
  • Heartbreaking

    By Durango73
    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 platoon

    By LEB34
    Hard book to put down .Red platoon ls one of the best war stories I have read. American heroes all.