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BOOK REVIEW: Horse Soldiers

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Doug Stanton

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Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton is a nonfiction book about the early stages of the American invasion of Afghanistan post 9/11. However, once you start reading the book, you feel as if you are reading historical fiction.  It is not the typical boring historical nonfiction book that I often read.  It was very hard to put it down.  You want to push and push until you finish reading the book.

Horse Soldiers has been re-released as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers in anticipation of an upcoming movie this 2018 entitled 12 Strong starring Chris Hemsworth (the guy who plays Thor in the DC movies).

A few weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks by Al Qaeda in the USA, a team of special forces soldiers were inserted into Afghanistan to lay out the groundwork of the US invasion of Afghanistan.  They assisted the Northern Alliance warlords in fighting the Taliban, who were in power at that time and were protecting Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda fighters.  The title of the book, Horse Soldiers, was derived from the fact that these special forces soldiers pursued the Taliban on horseback to fight a modern technological war.  Some of them do not even have the experience of riding horses and some found the horses too small for them.


The description of the horse cavalry charges are worth reading the book. Aside from the stories of the men involved, the author also included a look into the life of John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban. From his conversion to Islam, to his travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan when he joined the Taliban, up to his capture and becoming a prisoner of war.  The book describes the riot at Qala-i-Jangi where Lindh was captured and Mike Spann, a CIA employee, became the first U.S. casualty of the Afghan war.

I highly recommend reading this book.  And I can’t wait until 12 strong comes out so that I can see in live action how the Horse Soldiers fared in their quest.

12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

$9.99
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Genres: History, Intelligence & Espionage, Military
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Year: 2017
Length: 428
ASIN: 1501179950
ISBN: 1501179950
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The New York Times bestselling “spellbinding true-life story” (USA TODAY) of a United States Special Forces team deployed to the war-ravaged Afghanistan mountains in the weeks immediately following 9/11, overcoming great odds to become heroes of our era—now a major motion picture from Jerry Br...
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The New York Times bestselling “spellbinding true-life story” (USA TODAY) of a United States Special Forces team deployed to the war-ravaged Afghanistan mountains in the weeks immediately following 9/11, overcoming great odds to become heroes of our era—now a major motion picture from Jerry Bruckheimer and Lionsgate.

In the weeks following the attacks of September 11, a small band of Special Forces soldiers secretly entered Afghanistan. Riding on horseback, they pursued the Taliban over the stark and mountainous Afghanistan terrain. After a series of intense battles, they captured the strategically essential city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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-Jangi, 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.

Previously published as Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong “is not just a battle story—it’s also about the home front. An important book” (the TODAY show). A thrilling, inspiring tale of a group of men on horses who did the impossible and an incredible account of real life bravery and heroism in the face of insurmountable odds.

About the Author
Doug Stanton

Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers, which is published in 2017 as 12 Strong.  Horse Soldiers is the basis for the 2018 film 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon.

In Harm’s Way spent more than six months on the New York Times bestseller list and became required reading on the U.S. Navy's reading list for officers. The unabridged audiobook edition of In Harm’s Way is the winner of the 2017 Audie Award in the History category. His third book is called The Odyssey of Echo Company and came out September, 2017.

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