Horse Soldiers

  • by Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by Jack Garrett
  • 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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 against the Taliban on horses. Outnumbered 40 to 1, 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 600 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 21st-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.


What the Critics Say

“A fascinating account…This is not just a battle story - it’s also about the home front. An important book.” (The Today Show)
“A thrilling action ride of a book.” (Bruce Barcott, cover of The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Detailed and exciting initial push into Afghanista

If you could sum up Horse Soldiers in three words, what would they be?

Detailed, riveting, and exciting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Horse Soldiers?

SF and CIA agents being blown up by their own ordinance and surviving the blast that threw them more than 60 yards from their original position.

What does Jack Garrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great emphasis in just the right spots of the story that make you feel as if you really know the people and their families.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When the flintstones met the Jetsons.

Any additional comments?

Really terrific and detailed account of the initial surge into Afghanistan. The topic is very politically charged and the book is not overbearing in one political view or another. The acts of heroism on the battlefield are incredible and a testament to what these organizations can do with just a little support.

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- kyle love

Wild Ride

I can not even imagin riding those mountain trails and then into battle. I thought this book was very well written and well read. Today when we think of Cavalry it's usually 1st Air Cav sweeping in to save the day not men on actual horses. Warfare on a horse seems like it would be something those who put together this engagement would have to go back a 150 years or so and relearn. It was a good thing in this book to see the modern American Soldier and a Afgan man and his horses come together for a common purpose. I thank Mr. Stanton for doing this book otherwise these men and their story might have been lost to us. I was not familiar with this narrator but I thought he did a great read and I would enjoy hearing more from him.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio