From the New York Times best-selling author of In Harm’s Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory.
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 against the Taliban on horses. Outnumbered 40 to 1, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country.
The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city, and the streets thronged with Afghans overjoyed that the Taliban regime had been overthrown.
Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of 600 Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed by the would-be POWs. Dangerously overpowered, 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 entire effort to outmaneuver the Taliban was likely doomed.
Deeply researched and beautifully written, Stanton’s account of the Americans’ quest to liberate an oppressed people touches the mythic. The soldiers on horses combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with 21st-century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat. Moreover, their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople proved a valuable lesson for America’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.
©2009 Doug Stanton (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
“A fascinating account…This is not just a battle story - it’s also about the home front. An important book.” (The Today Show)
“A thrilling action ride of a book.” (Bruce Barcott, cover of The New York Times Book Review)
I can not even imagin riding those mountain trails and then into battle. I thought this book was very well written and well read. Today when we think of Cavalry it's usually 1st Air Cav sweeping in to save the day not men on actual horses. Warfare on a horse seems like it would be something those who put together this engagement would have to go back a 150 years or so and relearn. It was a good thing in this book to see the modern American Soldier and a Afgan man and his horses come together for a common purpose. I thank Mr. Stanton for doing this book otherwise these men and their story might have been lost to us. I was not familiar with this narrator but I thought he did a great read and I would enjoy hearing more from him.
A better story of a few men working with the population to win a war hasn't been told since T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom. That said, I feel that this Audible version was maybe slightly over done. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it, I'm just saying that it made me chuckle at times when neither the author nor the narrator had that intention.
Brave individuals all and my pc is removed for both the men and women depicted in this account involved in the fight against oppression in Afghanistan.
If the traditional military leaders," generals", had kept their fingers out of the blood pie, we would have saved thousands of Americans, as well as Afghan civilians. This book shows we had the answer to winning this " war", but we're doomed to repeat history. Sad. A book I will read again and again and again.
Counselor, Captain, Medic and Dad are things I'm called. I like military, legal, medical and science reads both fictional and not.
I liked the departure from the vastly overcast books encompassing the entire Spec. Ops. of the war. This was about one group of guys who were litteraly the tip of the spear in this unconventional war leading the indigenous forces to ultimately overthrow the Taliban.
Fantastic Story! Great read, check it out.
I hated Jack Garretts performance. He sounded like he belongs in a Michael Bay movie. His attempt at a gritty dramatic dialog reminded me of the most cliche 80's action drama. It was so stupid it actually detracted from the story; which is a bummer since the story is very well written.
I hope Jack Garrett gets trampled by the the wildebeest with strep throat that he was trying to sound like.
Detailed, riveting, and exciting
SF and CIA agents being blown up by their own ordinance and surviving the blast that threw them more than 60 yards from their original position.
Great emphasis in just the right spots of the story that make you feel as if you really know the people and their families.
When the flintstones met the Jetsons.
Really terrific and detailed account of the initial surge into Afghanistan. The topic is very politically charged and the book is not overbearing in one political view or another. The acts of heroism on the battlefield are incredible and a testament to what these organizations can do with just a little support.
"A should listen, to win does not mean to conquer"
In modern conflict, our choice must be to enable those that we believe in our hearts should win, to win.
This group of individuals exemplifies this sentiment and deserve to be admired and supported for their personal sacrifice.
When policy is decided, someone needs to make it happen.
I Thank you all.
"Horse Soldiers - Amazing!"
This was a fantastic read - well written and with complete empathy for the main characters. The author captured the essence of these incredibly able and brave men and accurately showed their intelligence which often one assumes is not high in the military lexicon - but for Special Forces personnel and the missions they undertook, intelligence is a pre-requisite in addition to the awesome physical endurance
Takes it's time to get going but once it does its very exciting. I was very keen to hear the story behind the famous pictures of the guys on horseback and this book relates it in good detail in a very engaging way.
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