‘Horse Soldiers’ on Heated Ride

Already a New York Times bestseller, Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton, has risen to #14 on Amazon following the author’s Memorial Day appearances on the Today Show, where Lester Holt called the book “fascinating” and “important,” and on Fox News with Tucker Carlson. Libraries we checked are showing heavy reserves on light ordering.

It tells the story of a dozen of the elite U.S. Special Forces and CIA operatives who went to Afghanistan after 9/11, who were able to inspire Afghan forces to overthrow the Taliban, although it emerged again after the U.S. turned its attention to the invasion of Iraq. Kirkus found the events in the story “irresistible,” though it took the author to task for “quoting inner monologues and inventing dialogue to dramatize events.” The New York Times Book Review was more charitable, characterizing Horse Soldiers as a story “for those who like their military history told through the eyes of heroic grunts, sergeants and captains. Think of Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers or Stanton’s own best seller, In Harm’s Way, the story of the survivors of the cruiser Indianapolis, which sank in shark-infested waters during World War II.”

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
Doug Stanton
Price: $28.00
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2009-05-05)
ISBN-10: 1416580514
ISBN-13: 9781416580515

Available from Simon & Schuster Audio (May, 2009)

  • CD; $29.99; 0743580818

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