Roberts Ridge

Roberts Ridge

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Afghanistan, March 2002. In the early morning darkness on a frigid mountaintop, a U.S. soldier is stranded, alone, surrounded by fanatical al Qaeda fighters. For the mana€™s fellow Navy SEALs, and for waiting teams of Army Rangers, there was only one rule now: leave no one behind. In this gripping you-are-there accounta€“based on stunning eyewitness testimony and painstaking researcha€“journalist Malcolm MacPherson thrusts us into a drama of rescue, tragedy, and valor in a place that would be known as... ROBERTS RIDGE For an elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: take control of a towering 10, 240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar. Launched as part of Operation Anacondaa€“a hammer-and-anvil plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan a€“the taking of Takur Ghar would offer U.S. forces a key strategic observation post. But the enemy was waiting, hidden in a series of camouflaged trenches and bunkersa€“and when the Special Forces chopper flared on the peak to land, it was shredded by a hail of machine-gun, small arms, and RPG rounds. A red-haired SEAL named Neil Roberts was thrown from the aircraft. And by the time the shattered helicopter crash-landed on the valley floor seven miles away, Robertsa€™s fellow SEALs were determined to return to the mountain peak and bring him outa€“no matter what the cost. Drawing on the words of the men who were therea€“SEALs, Rangers, medics, combat air controllers, and pilotsa€“this harrowing true account, the first book of its kind to chronicle the battle for Takur Ghar, captures in dramatic detail a seventeen-hour pitched battle fought at the highest elevation Americans have ever waged war. At once an hour-by-hour, bullet-by-bullet chronicle of a landmark battle and a sobering look at the capabilities and limitations of Americaa€™s high-tech army, Roberts Ridge is the unforgettable story of a few dozen warriors who faced a single fate: to live or die for their comrades in the face of near-impossible odds. From the Hardcover edition.From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Roberts Ridge
Author:Malcolm MacPherson
Publisher:Delacorte Press - 2005-08-30


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