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Horse Soldiers The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan (Paperback)

Author:  Doug Stanton
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Format: Paperback Large Print
ISBN-10: 1594133697
ISBN-13: 9781594133695
Sku: 211987984
Publish Date: 5/1/2010
Pages:  770
 
From bestselling author Doug Stanton, a harrowing, true-life tale of a band of American soldiers and their struggles and triumphs in Afghanistan "
From the Publisher:
Documents the post-September 11 mission during which a small band of Special Forces soldiers captured the strategic Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif as part of an effort to defeat the Taliban, in a dramatic account that includes testimonies by Afghanistan citizens whose lives were changed by the war. (Military history).
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In this military history, Doug Stanton recounts how, shortly after 9/11, Special Forces troops were sent into Afghanistan to do what they do best. Working side by side with the Northern Alliance, and being careful not to alienate the civilian population, the soldiers traveled and fought on horseback, winning ground in the North and eventually liberating the city of Mazar-i-Sharif from years of Taliban rule.||Triumph led to crisis when a large band of Taliban prisoners turned the tables on their Northern Alliance captors while being held in the House of War, a well-fortified and well-stocked fortress built during the British occupation. This precipitated a dramatic, and prolonged, battle between outnumbered Special Forces troops and the combined Taliban, al-Qaeda and Pakistani enemy.||Stanton provides a soldier's level view of the intense combat, along with portraits of leaders of the American and Northern Alliance forces and their troops. HORSE SOLDIERS conveys the author's great admiration for the bravery and sacrifices of the warriors, and provides a solid argument that the kind of battles that were and will be fought in the region require the very kind of elite, small-unit soldiering exhibited by this band of brothers. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009 and by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.In this military history, Doug Stanton recounts how, shortly after 9/11, Special Forces troops were sent into Afghanistan to do what they do best. Working side by side with the Northern Alliance, and being careful not to alienate the civilian population, the soldiers traveled and fought on horseback, winning ground in the North and eventually liberating the city of Mazar-i-Sharif from years of Taliban rule.||Triumph led to crisis when a large band of Taliban prisoners turned the tables on their Northern Alliance captors while being held in the House of War, a well-fortified and well-stocked fortress built during the British occupation. This precipitated a dramatic, and prolonged, battle between outnumbered Special Forces troops and the combined Taliban, al-Qaeda and Pakistani enemy.||Stanton provides a soldier's level view of the intense combat, along with portraits of leaders of the American and Northern Alliance forces and their troops. HORSE SOLDIERS conveys the author's great admiration for the bravery and sacrifices of the warriors, and provides a solid argument that the kind of battles that were and will be fought in the region require the very kind of elite, small-unit soldiering exhibited by this band of brothers. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009 and by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.

Praise

"[A] rousing, uplifting, Toby Keith-singing piece of work.....There's a lot to admire about HORSE SOLDIERS. Stanton packs a huge amount of research into a thrilling action ride of a book." - Bruce Barcott 05/07/2009

"Stanton...writes action-packed prose. His gritty narrative is thoroughly researched and the details of military operations jarringly precise. The storytelling of this military operation is reminiscent of Stephen Ambrose's BAND OF BROTHERS and Mark Bowden's BLACK HAWK DOWN." - Don Oldenburg 06/03/2009

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