Horse Soldiers

  • by Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 40 to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators, and overjoyed Afghans thronged the streets.Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of 600 Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed. Dangerously outnumbered, 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 effort to defeat the Taliban might be doomed.As the Americans struggled to hold the fortress, they faced some of the most intense urban warfare of our time. But until now the full story of the Horse Soldiers has never been told. Doug Stanton received unprecedented cooperation from the U.S. Army's Special Forces soldiers and Special Operations helicopter pilots, as well as access to voluminous after-battle reports. In addition, he interviewed more than 100 participants and walked every inch of the climactic battleground.This exciting story is filled with unforgettable characters: brave Special Forces soldiers, tough CIA operatives, cunning Afghan warlords, anxious stateside soldiers' wives who do not know where their husbands have gone, and humble Afghan boys spying on the Taliban.Deeply researched and beautifully written, Stanton's account of America's quest to liberate an oppressed people touches the mythic.


What the Critics Say

"Horse Soldiers is a great read - a riveting story of the brave and resourceful American warriors who rode into Afghanistan after 9/11 and waged war against Al Qaeda. We're hearing many of these stories for the first time - and from those who waged a war worthy of Rudyard Kipling, James Bond, and Davy Crockett." (Tom Brokaw)


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What an Abridgement Should Be

This is absolutely a keen account of what happens when US soldiers find themselves deployed in a unit dependent upon horse power (no pun intended). Journalist Doug Stanton tells the story of the first forces into Afghanistan, how they adapted, and their day-to-day sacrifice. It is a tale of those who laid-it-all-on-the-line to complete their mission. The writing, well it could be better. The story, however, will hit the listener between the eyes. This is not literature - so read it as a journalist's report and you will receive great benefit. Now about the format --- This is an abridged version of the book. Frankly, I find the abridgements available disjointed at best and cut-and-paste at worst. The abridgement of Horse Soldiers, however, was easy to listen to. The abridgement did not distract from the story. Enjoy.
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- Roy

Great story...well told

This is an exciting tale of the first US Special Forces (US Army Rangers) into Afghanistan after 9/11, and working with CIA officers already in Afghanistan--including the American ultimately killed with the prison riot at Masar-i-Sharif. There is also a parallel story of John Walker Lindh, the young American fighting with the Taliban.

This book reads well as an ABRIDGED version; undoubtedly, an UNABRIDGED version would be preferable, but is not avaialable.
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- Keith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio