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.
Not by Jack Garret no.
I couldn't make it more than an hour into the book. The narration just grated on me.
Not that I could find.
Right at the beginning of the audiobook its referred to as a novel. It isn't. This confused me and I had to double check that it was indeed a nonfiction work. Not exactly the best way to inspire confidence.
The core story I really enjoyed. Military facts etc. were also very interesting. I'm glad I bought the book, as I enjoy this subject. However the audiobook is not without flaws. This book is read by a speaker that is attempting to impersonate the "coolest man in the world", and this is irritating. The book itself leans heavily towards glorifying war, lots of lines in the book that basically pound in the idea that soldiers love War, their Wife's and Kids and the USA. Which I'm sure is 100% true but don't pound it into me. The history is great and I still recommend the book, but it is no Charlie Wilson's War and I wish it was of the same caliber.
"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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