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Horse Soldiers Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-12-13
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wild Ride"

    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.

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    kyle love 05-30-15
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    "Detailed and exciting initial push into Afghanista"
    If you could sum up Horse Soldiers in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, riveting, and exciting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Horse Soldiers?

    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.


    What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great emphasis in just the right spots of the story that make you feel as if you really know the people and their families.


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

    When the flintstones met the Jetsons.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anonymous 04-07-15
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    "Amazing"

    Great book. What these men went through is amazing. I can't imagine what America would be like without men like this

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    Lynn Montgomery, IN, United States 10-28-16
    Lynn Montgomery, IN, United States 10-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Life changing"

    My heart goes out every time to the boys that have fought to keep our country free....at any cost and thank you to these brave horseman who willing answered the call. If you want to know anything about who has helped to make this country great.....don't hesitate to read this book.

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    Nate 08-31-15
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    "Great Book! But the narrator..."
    What did you love best about Horse Soldiers?

    Fantastic Story! Great read, check it out.


    What about Jack Garrett’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Jack Garrett gets trampled by the the wildebeest with strep throat that he was trying to sound like.

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    NSK 12-02-16
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    "This book should be required reading for us all."

    How many of us understand this new world we live in? A primer on a new way of seeing.

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    J. makela MISSOURI 05-28-16
    J. makela MISSOURI 05-28-16 Member Since 2015

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    "my brother Vern"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    my brother Vern is in the book.


    What other book might you compare Horse Soldiers to and why?

    The Hunt for Bin Laden by Robin Moore Because they talk about my Brother in this book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when my brother's Friend bill Bennett was killed


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    Amazon Customer 05-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "an important lesson in conflicting times."

    it scares me that these lessons may need to be applied here if the blue/red schism keeps on. as someone who lives just outside of and worked inside Chicago for a fecade, i wonder if it needs to be applied there.

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    andrew 04-01-16
    andrew 04-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It's a band of brothers for the 21st century."

    Awesome story. I would love to see a network pick it up and make a Band Of Brothers miniseries out of it.

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    DesmoProfundis 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A drama possibly slightly over dramatized here"

    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.

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    2/19/16
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    "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.

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    HOPE VALLEY, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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

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  • Jamie
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    "Thrilling stuff"

    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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