From bestselling author Doug Stanton, a harrowing, true-life tale of a band of American soldiers and their struggles and triumphs in Afghanistan
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.
- Military / General, Middle East / General
- May 11, 2010
- May 11, 2010
- Doug Stanton