Horse Soldiers

Horse Soldiers

The Extraordinary Story of A Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

Book - 2009
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From the New York Times bestselling 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 on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty 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 six hundred 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 one hundred 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. The Horse Soldiers combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with twenty-first-century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat. Moreover, their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople and avoid civilian casualties proved a valuable lesson for America's ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.

Horse Soldiers is a big-hearted and thrilling read, with an epic story that reaches not just across the cold mountains of Afghanistan but into the homes of small-town America, and confirms Doug Stanton as one of our country's preeminent storytellers.
Publisher: New York : Scribner c2009
ISBN: 9781416580515
Characteristics: xvi, 393 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Feb 18, 2015

This is a awsome book that i am using for my High School IRB and it is a great book for a book report that you have to have either a foreign author or setting in another country.

ggbookreader Sep 19, 2012

Reading this book allows those of us that may not have or may not know someone in our present day wars some insight into the thoughts behind the events that have occurred in the last ten years with our American troops in the Eastern world. We read about the events, as we now know them, that occurred on September 11, 2001 and how America has responded from the point of view of the troops. This book offers readers a worth-while view of the events and offers insight, valuable information, and allows us to "see" the war from "inside" at the point of the war and how this war has an impact not just on the American troops, but troops of the Afghan people. In reading this book "Horse Soldiers" a sense of compassion and caring may come into your emotions and assist readers to understand a little more the mental & emotional toll of war.

Baybdots Aug 25, 2012

Enjoyed this read I never knew the US soldier used horses in Afganistan and worked with allied forces. I felt I did get to know the soldiers that were in the book and cried when one was killed. The cruelty the taliban were to women and children awful.

enigma122 Aug 14, 2012

modern soldiers on horse back interesting and different

KEVIN DOWD Aug 09, 2012

Interesting read detailing our Special Forces operations in Northern Afghanistan in 2001. I remember reading about this at the time.

Sensitive and detailed portrayal of men at war, of a different kind.

Sep 20, 2011

If this was a novel, I would call it unbelievable and unrealistic. But it's true, and that makes it so much more interesting.

Mario20 Aug 05, 2011

Very interesting read on the Special Forces (Army) Teams that deployed in Afghanistan after 9/11 to form a frienship with the Northern Alliance to fight against Al-Quaeda and the Taliban. It reads of more of a story form as oppossed to a textbook......highly reccomended.


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Feb 18, 2015

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