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

Doug Stanton


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

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

  • Title: Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
  • Author: Doug Stanton
  • ISBN: 9781416580515
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Hardcover



The inspiration for the major motion picture 12 Strong from Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon.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 whoThe inspiration for the major motion picture 12 Strong from Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon.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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****The movie 12 Strong to be released January 19th, 2018 (my birthday) is based on this book.****”I asked for a few Americans,” said General Abdul Rashid Dostum. “they brought with them the courage of a whole army.”The Famous Horse Soldiers of Afghanistan.Dostum was ruling Northern Afghanistan when the Taliban captured Masar-i-Sharif in 1998 and blew up the ancient Buddhas that had watched over the town for centuries. ”What man had the right to write the future by blowing up the past? [...]

Fantastic. Utterly fantastic. Books like this rarely come along - the books that should exceed the 5 star rating system. To me, Horse Soldiers, by far and away, is one of those books.The story in itself is astounding. That a group of Special Forces guys would be dropped into Afghanistan with the express intention of assisting the Northern Alliance by calling in bombs on targets. So yes, that story in itself is fascinating, and inspirational, but you then have to add into the equation the fact t [...]

This book was a difficult read. At times, I felt like I was trudging through a high school or college text book with the information piling on top of me until I couldn't breathe. Other times, however, I felt like I was in the middle of a story with a real narrative that pulled me along. Obviously, the narrative parts were easier to read, but at the same time, they gave me pause and made me stop. I found myself actually reading it like this was a story, some kind of historical fiction, which led [...]

I won this book in a drawing.An excellent, exciting account of the special forces soldiers who invaded Afghanistan, riding horses to victory. I'm not at all surprised they made this into a movie.

"Hah!" he (Dostum) chortled into the radio, talking to the Taliban soldiers. The Americans think so little of you they have sent a woman to kill you!I will call her the 'Angel of Death'"The Taliban were apoplectic." This occurs near Konduz after an AC-130 Spectre gunship with a female crewmember is overheard on the radio. I loved that psychological warfare.Ok, this is an important book on the start of the Afghan campaign. Amazing inventiveness, courage and endurance by the SOF teams called on to [...]

This was a fascinating book that left me with two takeaway points. (1) Afghanistan is one of the most incredibly complex, dangerous, nuanced, barren, afflicted, difficult places on earth. It is hard for Americans, who live with such far-reaching freedom and ridiculous affluence, to even imagine that a place like this exists. Unless, of course, you are one of the brave and dedicated members of our armed forces (like those in this book) who have spent time fighting there. (2) The best way to fight [...]

These men who truly did accomplish something extraordinary, their families, the backdrop of current events, and the way time waits for no-one are all presented with great respect and care. In the midst of it all, and in the aftermath we've just lived through, babies are born, men die, soldiers once victorious are re-deployed and face danger again and again while their families wait, men ready themselves to fight another day, others attempt to gather enough money or power or support to make their [...]

I finally finished this! This is not my first military history but I always find they make for very slow reads. All of the names, acronyms, and dates get muddled if I read them to quickly.Mr. Stanton managed to write a fairly entertaining book. I enjoyed learning a few tidbits regarding the soldiers personal lives. By the end I felt like I was familiar with each mans individual personality which made for a very lively read. There were a few slow parts but by the time the soldiers touched downnin [...]

Doug Stanton’s well researched book on the extraordinary adventure of US Soldiers and their fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan is remarkable. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the story, it took quite some time before it was declassified by the US government. This story shows the power of the human spirit, the power of endurance and perseverance, the power of freeing an oppressed people, the power of fighting for justice and winning against the odds. At times I could not put the book [...]

This book could have been covering the most interesting story ever told, held the secret to life itself and it wouldn't mean a thing. It was horribly written. 100 pages into the book and the main characters still haven't stepped foot on Afghanistan soil. There is so much mundane detail about every single person introduced in the story (whether or not they are an important person to the plot or not) that it bogs down over and over again. Every time the book seems to be picking up another person g [...]

True story of the twelve Special Forces soldiers who landed in Afghanistan less than a month after 9-11 and teamed up with the locals against the Taliban. They were outnumbered forty to one. They were on horses up against tanks. But they wond were then ambushed by several hundred would-be POWs, leading to the death of the first American killed in the first war of the twenty-first century. I’m sure I saw the news at the time because we were all glued to the TV back then, but I had no recollecti [...]

I bought the book when I saw a trailer for an upcoming movie based on the story (And every book reader knows the movies never live up to the books). This story was amazing.When the towers were hit in 2001, I knew we'd be sending in some soldiers. this is the story of the Special Forces soldiers that first went into Afganistan. At times, it was a challenging read, as the author set the background on the people, locations and culture. But once he got rolling on the heart of the story, he pulled yo [...]

A good read about the start of the war on terror in Afghanistan, however, could have been a bit crisper.

After the attacks on 9/11, America needed a response. The first part of it was scrambling a small group of Special Forces soldiers to go to Afghanistan and help topple the Taliban. This is their story, telling the individual stories of how several of the men ended up in the military, and then eventually in the fight against the Taliban. It's well researched and shows the men as people, not faceless soldiers or action movie paragons. Their struggle as they landed, got to know the locals, and help [...]

Stanton documents the actions of U.S. Special Forces soldiers who entered Afghanistan in October 2001 with the mission of assisting Northern Alliance forces in their battle against the Taliban. The description of 21st Century horse cavalry charges alone are worth reading the book for. Besides the stories of the men involved Stanton also documents the activities of John Walker Lindh. The book culminates in the riot at Qala-i-Jangi where Lindh was captured and Mike Spann became the first U.S. casu [...]

'It was OK' is really the best I can do.The characters were too numerous to follow a narrative, the details too sound-byte-ish to follow the procedural.But perhaps the worst infraction that a flash-in-the-pan, not-intended-to-be-on-bookstore-shelves-two-years-from-now book, can commit: it was easy to put down. Easy to set aside, easy to get distracted from.That said, I give it an 'OK' and not something worse, because it did have it's interesting bits. Not the writing, and not enough, but the sto [...]

Having read Sebastian Junger's WAR, I was hungry for more Afghan information. This book is another must read for those who are trying to understand what we are really involved in in Afghanistan. Doug Stanton explains what it was like to be among the 50 Special Forces men who won the initial war in Afghanistan by bringing in hi-tech techniques to assist the horse soldiers of the Northern Alliance in defeating 50,000 Taliban fighters. Now we are back and are losses are going up.War (SJunger) wea [...]

Special Forces lead the way This was interesting to see how effectively a well trained group of men adequately supported by airpower can turn the tide of a conflict. Great insight into the shadow warriors. The section on the errant bomb during the battle for Qala-i-Jangi was especially moving. Knowing how easily things can go wrong in a conflict, I was surprised that the operations of TF Dagger did not receive more casualties. I appreciate the sacrifice of these soldiers and their Northern Allia [...]

Book that the new movie "12 Strong" is based on. Great story about the first Americans on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11. Similar to other war narrative non-fiction books like "Black Hawk Down" or "13 Hours." Fast paced story telling on a relatively unknown story. "13 Hours" is still my favorite in this genre, but this one was very good overall.

This was a phenomenal read. Great picture painting with words! Amazing how much research and time had to go into a great book!

awesome, well told story

The best book I’ve read this year. A true story that opened my heart to the soul of America. A thrilling, yet humbling story about a few extraordinary men, willing to give everything.

I am a Special Forces veteran --Vietnam era. Following is my review of "Horse Soldiers," by Doug Stanton.The full title of this book on is "Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan" I will agree with that title and subtitle, but there's more. Horse Soldiers is the story of an extraordinary group of men who went into Afghanistan with little more than their personal equipment, superb training and courage. The U.S. Army Special Forces (Gre [...]

Excellent book chronicling ODC 53's, ODA 595's, and ODA 534's operations in Afghanistan, taking some small villages with warlord Dostum's and Atta's militia forces and culminating in the battles of Mazar-e Sharif and Qala-i Jangi fortress, where CIA officer Mike Spann became the first casualty of the war. It really puts the reader in the atmosphere.Of course, i had read about Dostum and the battles for Mazar-e Sharif and Qala-i Jangi in Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Persona [...]

A birthday book! One that once started, had to be finished. It is the story of the first three months after September 11, 2001, when Osama bin laden was identified as the overall ideological leader of the strike, the Afghanistan Taliban refusing the US request/demand for his capture and handover(indeed he was made an honorary Afghan citizen by the Taliban government sometime in October or November, 2001), and when a war began.A military book, it describes the details of how US special forces sol [...]

In the aftemath of the tragedy of 9/11, a Special Forces team was sent into Afghanistan to help overthrow the oppressive Taliban.This was a small group that went in under total secrecy. Its hard to believe but only a very few top ranking military and political people knew of their incursion. Their families, although they were used to secrecy, were told nothing other than they were going on a mission.The mission was highly unusual in that the Special Forces were to work with the many Afghan war l [...]

At first glance the title conjures images of mid-nineteenth century cavalry chasing bands of Native Americans across the western plains. Quite to the contrary, one discovers this is the true story of American Special Forces inserted in Afghanistan immediately after the events of 9/11. Their mission was to assist a loose coalition of Afghani warlords, known as the Northern Alliance, in recapturing key territory conquered by the Taliban, and to locate and bring to justice the Terrorist, Osama Bin [...]

Great book. Supremely entertaining as well as well-constructed. The story alone is riveting in itself, but Stanton made into a masterpiece with his prose. The basic premise is the very first special force soldiers who went into Afghanistan after 9/11 with nothing but their rucksacks, weapons and brains and how the they linked up with Afghan warlords of the Northern Alliance to assist and wage war against the Taliban. They were give horses at the very beginning to get around on and fought a coupl [...]

Interesting battle descriptions of horse cavalry in the mountains of Afghanistan and the battle at fortress Qala-i-Janghi. The description is soldier level – Stanton quotes the soldiers during the battles. While the reader will feel part of the action, you realize that some of this narrative must have been constructed by the author. I listened to the abridged version of this book on 6 CDs. I read some other reviews about the book that denigrate the long descriptive passages – these have most [...]

A lot of reporting about our military's activities over the last few years has been about the scandals of poor civilian planning, under resourcing and many shameful tales of horrific moral judgement. It's important to read periodically a book which conveys the other side of our military - the skills, determination, courage and dedication of the guys on the ground.At the same time, it´s hard to separate your admiration for the characters and their story in this book versus the book itself. I cou [...]


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