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Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan | [Doug Stanton]

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.
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Publisher's Summary

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators, and overjoyed Afghans thronged the streets.

Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of 600 Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed. Dangerously outnumbered, they fought for their lives in the city's immense fortress, Qala-i-Janghi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the effort to defeat the Taliban might be doomed.

As the Americans struggled to hold the fortress, they faced some of the most intense urban warfare of our time. But until now the full story of the Horse Soldiers has never been told. Doug Stanton received unprecedented cooperation from the U.S. Army's Special Forces soldiers and Special Operations helicopter pilots, as well as access to voluminous after-battle reports. In addition, he interviewed more than 100 participants and walked every inch of the climactic battleground.

This exciting story is filled with unforgettable characters: brave Special Forces soldiers, tough CIA operatives, cunning Afghan warlords, anxious stateside soldiers' wives who do not know where their husbands have gone, and humble Afghan boys spying on the Taliban.

Deeply researched and beautifully written, Stanton's account of America's quest to liberate an oppressed people touches the mythic.

©2009 Reed City Productions; ©2009 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Horse Soldiers is a great read - a riveting story of the brave and resourceful American warriors who rode into Afghanistan after 9/11 and waged war against Al Qaeda. We're hearing many of these stories for the first time - and from those who waged a war worthy of Rudyard Kipling, James Bond, and Davy Crockett." (Tom Brokaw)

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    Keith Rochester, MN, USA 06-01-09
    Keith Rochester, MN, USA 06-01-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story...well told"

    This is an exciting tale of the first US Special Forces (US Army Rangers) into Afghanistan after 9/11, and working with CIA officers already in Afghanistan--including the American ultimately killed with the prison riot at Masar-i-Sharif. There is also a parallel story of John Walker Lindh, the young American fighting with the Taliban.

    This book reads well as an ABRIDGED version; undoubtedly, an UNABRIDGED version would be preferable, but is not avaialable.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 10-19-10
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 10-19-10 Member Since 2005
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    "What an Abridgement Should Be"

    This is absolutely a keen account of what happens when US soldiers find themselves deployed in a unit dependent upon horse power (no pun intended). Journalist Doug Stanton tells the story of the first forces into Afghanistan, how they adapted, and their day-to-day sacrifice. It is a tale of those who laid-it-all-on-the-line to complete their mission. The writing, well it could be better. The story, however, will hit the listener between the eyes. This is not literature - so read it as a journalist's report and you will receive great benefit. Now about the format --- This is an abridged version of the book. Frankly, I find the abridgements available disjointed at best and cut-and-paste at worst. The abridgement of Horse Soldiers, however, was easy to listen to. The abridgement did not distract from the story. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Front Royal, VA, USA 07-23-09
    Kevin Front Royal, VA, USA 07-23-09
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    "pretty good, but jumpy"

    It was a very interesting book, well told. I kept getting the feeling though, that I was missing something, perhaps due to the abridgement. The narration is good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 04-09-13
    Linda 04-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Horse Soldiers to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but the audio retelling is spectacular. One can only imagine that this is the adventure of a lifetime for the soldiers in the story--those that survive. What else in their lives will ever give them a rush like this experience. You want to hear more adventures but are chasened by the knowledge that these adventures are truely real and cost lives.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was true to news accounts during that time thus we have more agreement with history than disagreement. That validates the story as told.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Horse Soldiers of 9/11


    Any additional comments?

    Most of us have adventures of our youth to remember but Horse Soldiers is certainly at a new level, a level most of us never get to These soldiers brought training, skills, heart, pain and perseverance to bear for their country--for us. This, is the real thing! Young people in search of advenure should read this book and think about whether they could, or even want to, perform at that level. That could help them with the decision, "what do I want to do when I grow up."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 10-08-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    A great book. I really enjoyed it. It is amazing how high tech. can change a war and how to fight it. It was really a fast turn around as to just how quick we can react to war or an attack on our government. Great Book.

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    Daryl Kim Hamblin, PhD Montgomery, AL United States 03-19-12
    Daryl Kim Hamblin, PhD Montgomery, AL United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    Would you try another book from Doug Stanton and/or Dennis Boutsikaris?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was excellent when I listened to it. It had been recommended by a friend who read it. I was disappointed to learn that I had listened to an abridged version. I usually stay away from abridged versions and just didn't notice it. If I had, I would have read it on my Kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Orland, IN, USA 03-20-10
    Barbara Orland, IN, USA 03-20-10
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    This book is strong in its details and at moments you feel as if you are setting there and experiencing everything.

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 06-17-09
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 06-17-09 Member Since 2008

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Extremely interesting"

    Not a lot of new facts or anything, but very interesting and well written.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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