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

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21 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Great book!!! I definately recommend you buy and read it!!!

This book is fantastic. It is so well written you feel like you know the men in the story personally and you are right there experiencing what they go through. You don't need to be a huge military buff to read it either. The book exposes war and the bond it forges be...
This book is fantastic. It is so well written you feel like you know the men in the story personally and you are right there experiencing what they go through. You don't need to be a huge military buff to read it either. The book exposes war and the bond it forges between the men who fight in it. It evokes so many emotions highs and lows---on top of that it is a real page turner. I finished the book in a few days, I couldn't put it down. It is a story of an amazing group of men and I'm so glad their story has been told! Read this book, I promise you won't regret it!

posted by Cherry1126 on February 28, 2012

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9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Please take this review not as a criticism, but as a forewarning

Please take this review not as a criticism, but as a forewarning of what to expect and as an understanding of why works like this exist. Parnell purports to tell the story of "his men," but the focus is certainly on him. The interviews he frequently gives neve...
Please take this review not as a criticism, but as a forewarning of what to expect and as an understanding of why works like this exist. Parnell purports to tell the story of "his men," but the focus is certainly on him. The interviews he frequently gives never mention the coauthor, nor do they stray far from the beaten path of his prior interviews. If you're expecting an academic read on military history, this will let you down. Sources are obscured, "facts" are presented uncritically, and the stories--recalled long after the events--rely heavily on the "essence of the experience," which tends to be glorified and used to hail American exceptionalism. The process of writing this book, Parnell tells us, has been "cathartic." As such, it should be seen not as a work in military history, but rather as personal therapy. Leniency should be permitted in the public sphere for the "war hero narrative"; without such an outlet, many more would descend deep into cognitive dissonance after reflecting on the realization that, "yes, what I did was wrong and I knowingly (perhaps gladly) did it." (The medals that Parnell forced his men in "Outlaw" platoon to claim injuries for serve a similar purpose.) What's often purged in cathartic war story narratives are not the real and internalized horrors of war, but the former, pre-war self. More significantly, such glory-making neutralizes the reality the "war is hell," which is the basis of this sort of therapeutic process.

posted by DominicC on April 5, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Outlaws

    I read it online on google books for free but didn't take much away from it. I was mostly interested in how that platoon were outlaws. In my experience the military tends to be very by the books and against bad apples who do not follow the law in rules of engagement and the ucmj.

    7 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 6, 2012

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    5 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    One star

    One star from an avid military history reader. Frankly, I don't understand all the positive feedback.

    Even bestsellers that have been around for years and sold millions of copies don't get this many ratings. I suspect the authors - along with their friends and family - are constantly hyping it.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    One big lie. As a member of Bravo Company 2/87 who was there,

    One big lie.

    As a member of Bravo Company 2/87 who was there, I can tell you this book is a bunch of lies. From the details of the firefights to the claims of injuries. Even those who served in 3rd Platoon admit most of their purple hearts are ridiculous. True a lot were earned but many were not. Parnell forced his men to go to the aid station so they could get purple hearts. That is why they all got kicked out until he made a fuss. He himself got laughed out for his "injuries". He also got his bronze star with valor after he made a subordinate write up the award for him. By the way it was a silver star he put in for but the BC scoffed and said he doesn't get a silver star for doing his job.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Over the top.

    Over the top.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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