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

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Simon and Schuster, May 5, 2009 - History - 416 pages
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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 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 six hundred 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 twenty-first-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.

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User Review  - IdahoTaterBug - LibraryThing

While there were parts that seemed a bit too full of words, overall it was a well done. Informative of the events that took place following the 9/11 attacks, following a group of SF and CIA agents ... Read full review

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User Review  - akreese - LibraryThing

Horse Soldiers is the story of the first group of Special Forces soldiers to arrive in Afghanistan; the story of those who prepared the way for the arrival of the rest of the US troops. Their goal was ... Read full review


Author Note
Part One Going to
Part Two Horsemen Ride
Part Three Danger Close
Part Four horsesoldiers htmlates of Mazar
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Doug Stanton is the author of the New York Times bestseller In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors, and The Odyssey of Echo Company. A former contributing editor at Esquire, Sports Afield, and Outside, Stanton is now a contributing editor at Men’s Journal and has written extensively on travel, sport, entertainment, and history. Stanton lives in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife, the investigative reporter Anne Stanton, and their three children.

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