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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doug Stanton Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 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 six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed. Dangerously outnumbered, they fought for their lives. 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.

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 one hundred participants and walked every inch of the climactic battleground.

Reaching across the cold mountains of Afghanistan and into the homes of small-town America, Horse Soldiers is a big-hearted and thrilling epic story from one of our preeminent storytellers. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • “Doug Stanton’s Horse Soldiers is as gripping as the most intricately plotted thriller. It is a masterwork of thrilling military action, brilliant in-depth journalism, and powerful story telling. Finally Americans can know how just a few dozen courageous U.S. soldiers beat the Taliban under the most extreme and dangerous conditions imaginable. I could not put this book down.”

    Vince Flynn

  • “Spellbinding…action packed prose…The book reads more like a novel than a military history…the Horse Soldier’s secret mission remains the U.S. militarys finest moment in what has since arguably been a muddled war.” 

    USA Today

  • “In the spirit of Black Hawk Down and Flags of Our Fathers, Doug Stanton plunges into the heart of a single mission and returns with a stark understanding not only of what happened, but what was truly at stake. Through precise reportage and hauntingly rendered battle scenes, Stanton shows that we may ignore this ‘forgotten’ theater only at our own peril.” 

    Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder 

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tammy-Anne | 2/16/2014

    " Amazing!!!! I had goosebumps the last 20 pages!!!!! The intelligence of these soldiers and mental strength is surreal as well as physical!!!! Well researched!!!! A must read!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary | 2/12/2014

    " Read within the past year. Not sure of date completed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica Timmons | 2/6/2014

    " I found this book very interesting and very gruesome to read at the same time. To think people we're treating other people like the way the taliban were treating it's citizens of afghanistan. To think those few men, are not even thought of or even remembered now a days it immoral. If it weren't for this book we may have nevered have learned about a new age technology combined with old world travel defeated a country and save it's people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carmen | 2/3/2014

    " The true story of a small group of US Special Forces soldiers that go into Afghanistan after 9/11 to fight the Taliban on horseback. A lot of good info on Afghanistan and also on the Special Forces. "

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