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

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781470887063
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,448,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm MacPherson is a journalist and author of several fiction and non-fiction books. He served in the Marine Corps, and worked as a staff journalist for Time and Newsweek magazines, the latter for 12 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.

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has narrated books by such authors as Larry McMurtry, Jay McInerney, and Andy McNab.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Robert's Ridge Doesn't Even Begin To Tell The Whole Story

    Mac Pherson's version of the events of Operation Anaconda leaves out the most important days leading up to the SEALS mis adventure. He fails to tell his readers that C.I.A., Delta and Special Forces commanders strongly advised against sending in SEALS teams to replace the very effective AFO-Delta recon teams already in place. If Tommy Franks and Trebon, among other failures, would have listened to the commanders on the ground instead of insisting upon getting the SEALS into the fight, the Rangers and SEALS would not have suffered the losses they did. This failure to provide the reader with the real story is about what I would expect from a Time, Newsweek reporter.If you want the real story of Operation Anaconda, I suggest reading' Not A Good Day To Die' by Sean Naylor.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Auther needs Ritalin.

    A decent recount of the events on Takur Ghar. Seems like a very condensed version of most of the events and the auther tends to trail off constantly. I understand the importance of allowing the reader to get to know the people involved in the story, but generally putting 2 pages of information about a person's life in the middle of a firefight tends to break the story apart completely. It also reduces the appreciation of the chaos and terror of the moment in that person's life in which the auther is trying to portray to you. Other than that it's a decent read. I suggest reading more into Operation: Anaconda from other sources to get a better picture of what happened and a FULL understanding of the military blunders leading up to this tragic event.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    No man left behind.

    This book is about a SEAL team who loses a member out of their helicopter when they land on Takur Ghar to capture the summit. Other military teams are called in to help rescue the SEALs after they fail to rescue their teammate and are shot down. The message is to never leave a fallen comrade behind, and no one does. I enjoyed this book very much, you really get to know the characters and MacPherson even provides a back story for most of the characters in the book. What I didn¿t like about the book was that it almost seemed to have three storylines at some points, and from chapter to chapter it jumped around a lot. I would definitely say that if you are interested in war books, or just the history of war, you should read this book. If you liked this book, you should read Black Hawk Down or Flags of our Fathers. I would give this book an 8/10 and considering I normally don¿t read very many books, this one was especially good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

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    Great read and history lesson

    A good example of mis-planning and communication in the military. Tragic consequences, but as often happens, the military usually learns from its mistakes. This book should be required reading at The Point/AFA/Annapolis, and of all OCS candidates.

    Just my opinion, with 11 years Army experience and seeing similar issues.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Five stars for the soldiers

    The description of this book is a little misleading. I thought it would showcase the SEALs and the fighting they went through. Yes the story started with the SEALs attacking and in a short period of time and with the lost of their members the SEALs were force to retreat. Rangers were sent in to recuse the SEALS. The Rangers took the hill and rescued the SEALs loosing five of their own men. This story brought to the fore front what many civilians were unaware of. The unsung heros are those teams that are sent in to backup and/or rescue those well known teams that include but are not limited to the SEALs, DELTA FORCE, and SOARs. Every soldier is a hero. But as we hold are "special teams" in high regard let us not forget those quiet unknown teams that will go into combat to rescue men in dire conditions without receiving all of the fanfare that the rescued men will receive. I thank all of the soldiers for their sacrifice regardless of rank or positions. The soldiers of the American Army protected me, families and friends while growing up in Panama during the restless times that were there. Thank you. Thank you to the families of our soldiers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Excellent Book

    This book is heart-wrenching. Great story, well written and a must read. It is sad though and my prayers to those who passed on and to those who still fights for this country. God Bless America!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Great read

    Next time you have a bad day work or your car wont start...just think about being stranded on top of a mountain at 10,000 feet in freezeing weather with lots of people shooting at you and you have nowhere to go. Someone always has it worse than you. Gentlemen my hat is off to you. I am proud to be American and proud I served my country!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    interesting , should read

    dramatic , but shows to much military dependance on electronic devices , and, under trained operators.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    excellent

    page turner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Recommended

    I enjoyed the book.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Amazing!!!

    It desrves 5 stars PERIOD.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    An incredible story, although a little dry and sometimes tough to follow.

    An incredible story, although a little dry and sometimes tough to follow. I'm glad I took the time to read and finish the book, but luckily it wasn't the longest book I've read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Well Done...

    Great book beautifully written....although more of a guy book I thoroughly enjoyed this...perhaps because of family military background....highly recommend....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    I have recommended this book countless times

    This book, about the Afghanistan Special Forces mission on Robert's Ridge that goes wrong, was written before Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) could even talk about his ordeal. It is the overarching story of Luttrell's mission, and goes into detail how the mission ultimately came to disaster. While Luttrell necessarily focuses on his own experience during the mission, this covers all the men and what they must have encountered. It is extremely sobering and painful to read, but if you want to know what it is really like out there, I guarantee this will put the fear of allah into you.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    heroic

    this book is a true story of what our soldiers have to go through in order for us to live our lives. Roberts ridge has inspired me to become an army ranger even more, because i already wanted too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    Great book

    My overall response to the book is that it was a very well written and put together novel. It had many exciting points through out, which kept me interested and wanting to read more. The longer I read the book the more I liked it and the more respect I gave the author. Malcolm Macpherson did an excellent job creating this novel for the reader and making it reader friendly, quick, fun read. This book is for all ages and it covers a broad range of reading capabilities. The book kept me interested by making a solider lost and having the entire military out looking for him and trying to get him alive before the enemies kill him. It gave the book a sense of urgency and made you kept reading to be able to find out what happened next. He also made it a very easy read by using all real fact so it made it very easy to follow along, and to keep everything straight.

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