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Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan [Hardcover]

Sean Parnell , John Bruning
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20 Mar 2012

A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Acclaimed for its vivid, poignant, and honest recreation of sixteen brutal months of nearly continuous battle in the deadly Hindu Kesh, Outlaw Platoon is a Band of Brothers or We Were Soldiers Once and Young for the early 21st century—an action-packed, highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

A magnificent account of heroes, renegades, infidels, and brothers, it stands with Sebastian Junger’s War as one of the most important books to yet emerge from the heat, smoke, and fire of America’s War in Afghanistan.


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (20 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062066390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062066398
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The range of emotions that Sean Parnell summons in Outlaw Platoon [is] stunning. A nuanced, compelling memoir . . . Parnell shows he’s a gifted, brave storyteller.” (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Outlaw Platoon put me back on the battlefield again. It’s a heartfelt story that shows how very different people can be thrown together in combat and find a way to make it work. Parnell and the soldiers who fought beside him are all courageous heroes—real bad asses.” (Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper)

“Two of the most intense tales of courage under fire I own are Black Hawk Down and Lone Survivor. I now have a third, Outlaw Platoon. It’s an absolutely gripping, edge-of-your-seat ride.” (Brad Thor, author of Full Black)

Outlaw Platoon is an utterly gripping account of what our soldiers endure on the front lines—the frustrations, the fear, the loneliness. . . Here, in these pages, are the on-the-ground realities of a war we so rarely witness on news broadcasts” (Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried)

Outlaw Platoon is an exceptional look into the mind of a platoon leader in Afghanistan; Captain Parnell shares his experiences of leadership, loss, and aggressive military tactics. You can really feel the bonds forged between these brothers in arms as the battle plays out” (Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor)

“At times, I forgot I was reading about a war as I was drawn up in the drama the same way you [are] when reading Krakauer’s Into Thin Air . . . This is a book of probing honesty, wrenching drama and courage.” (Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers)

“[A] soulful story of men at war . . . Outlaw Platoon shows us that the love and brotherhood forged in the fires of combat are the most formidable quaities a unit can possess.” (Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire)

Outlaw Platoon is expertly told by a man who braved the heat of battle time and time again. An epic story as exacting as it is suspenseful, it reveals the bravery and dedication of our armed service men and women around the world.” (Clive Cussler)

“This book is more than just a rip-roaring combat narrative: it is a profoundly moving exploration into the nature and evolution of the warrior bond forged in desperate, against-all-odds battles. A significant book, not to be missed.” (Jack Coughlin, author of Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper)

Outlaw Platoon is the real deal. It’s a terrific tale of combat leadership that deserves to be studied by all small-unit leaders. The narrative goes beyond the battlefield to depict the maddening nature of the war and the grit of those who selflessly protect us.” (Bing West, author of No True Glory)

“Sean Parnell reaches past the band-of-brothers theme to a place of brutal self-awareness . . . [he] never flinches from a fight, nor the hard questions of a messy war.” (Kevin Sites, author of In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars)

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In combat, men measure up. Or don't. There are no second chances.

In this vivid account of the U.S. Army's legendary 10th Mountain Division's heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary bonds forged in battle.

At twenty-four years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon—a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws—and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush. Barely surviving the attack, Parnell's men now realized that they faced the most professional and seasoned force of light infantry the U.S. Army had encountered since the end of World War II.

What followed was sixteen months of close combat, over the course of which the platoon became Parnell's family: from Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson, the wise, chain-smoking veteran who never lost his cool; to Specialist Robert Pinholt, a buttoned-down conservative with the heart of a warrior and the mind of an economist; to Staff Sergeant Phil Baldwin, the platoon's voice of calm and reason, a man who sacrificed everything following the events of 9/11—career, home, financial stability—to serve his country. But the cost of battle was high for these men: Over 80 percent were wounded in action, putting their casualty rate among the highest since Gettysburg, and not all of them made it home.

A searing and unforgettable story of friendship in battle, Outlaw Platoon brings to life the intensity and raw emotion of those sixteen months, showing how the fight reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men and how the love and faith they found in one another ultimately kept them alive.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 17 Dec 2012
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An excellent read. Anybody who thinks war is exciting should read this book. It would be good for politicians to spend some time on active duty with these men, there would be a lot less wars. I got this book on audio books and it was hard to put down. I listened to this book while working out in the gym and there were time I had tears in my eyes. I bought the book for my son in law who loves the military channel. I think he might understand a little better. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTLAW PLATOON 7 Mar 2014
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A very moving and well written book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It graphically highlights the problems of fighting the war in Afghanistan, a pity that this material is not compulsory reading for all politicians.
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The author was utterly dedicated to his job and his country but he might have served himself and his men better by realising that he was seriously injured and putting his life and his men's lives at risk by not avoiding medical treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, excellent book 22 April 2014
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truly amazing, an excellent account of war on the front line from a regular soldiers point of view, absolutely brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read 17 April 2014
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On par with "We were soldiers" the best book to come out of Vietnam. I've read loads of the UK military books from Afghanistan and this is as good as the best of them. Definitely worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 8 April 2014
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Fantastic read very gripping unbelievably what their went through, I think this book could make a good film.
A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting read of war as it really is 4 Mar 2014
By ec1958
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Rivetting read. It felt like you were in the thick of the action. Thoroughly recommended reading for those who like true tales of war as it really is from an on-the-ground perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 10 Feb 2014
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Gave a very good account of an infantry mans life on the frontline,and what they have to go through been asked to do the impossible with so little help and and resources, a real brotherhood story
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