Roberts Ridge: A True Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan

By Malcolm MacPherson
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8.43 Hours 05/01/2008 unabridged
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For the US Navy’s elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan. But the enemy was waiting, and when the Special Forces chopper was shredded by enemy fire, a red-haired SEAL named Neil Roberts was thrown from the aircraft. Roberts’ fellow SEALs were determined to bring him out—no matter what the cost. This harrowing true account captures in dramatic detail their seventeen-hour battle, fought against near-impossible odds, to save one of their own. This is a gripping you-are-there account based on stunning eyewitness testimony and painstaking research by journalist Malcolm MacPherson.

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Summary

Summary

For the US Navy’s elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan. But the enemy was waiting, and when the Special Forces chopper was shredded by enemy fire, a red-haired SEAL named Neil Roberts was thrown from the aircraft. Roberts’ fellow SEALs were determined to bring him out—no matter what the cost. This harrowing true account captures in dramatic detail their seventeen-hour battle, fought against near-impossible odds, to save one of their own.

This is a gripping you-are-there account based on stunning eyewitness testimony and painstaking research by journalist Malcolm MacPherson.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An impressively detailed account of one heart-wrenching battle in the invasion of Afghanistan. MacPherson gives readers a rare, behind-the-scenes look…A great read.” St. Petersburg Times
“[A] harrowing seventeen-hour drama every bit as perilous and courageous as the Rangers’ ill-fated Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia…MacPherson eloquently captures this gripping tale…with aplomb.” Publishers Weekly
“Well told and frightening as well as true, this is a book that bridges the breach between the increasingly professional American military and a civilian culture possessing little knowledge or experience of the military.” Booklist
“Roberts Ridge is a reminder that combat, despite America’s huge technological advantages, always boils down to the basics: men, machinery, maps, and mojo…Ultimately, Roberts Ridge is a study in courage and comradeship.” Flint Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Malcolm MacPherson

Malcolm MacPherson is a journalist and author of several fiction and nonfiction books. He served in the Marine Corps, and worked as a staff journalist for Time and Newsweek magazines, the latter for twelve years as a foreign correspondent. Most recently, he reported from Iraq on assignment with Time. He lives in Warrenton, Virginia with his wife and two kids.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English