12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers (Paperback)

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Horse Soldiers is the gripping, true account of US Special Forces operating in Afghanistan immediately after September 11. This group of soldiers fought the Taliban, at times on horseback, always outnumbered and in hostile territory. Their efforts and successes serve as a lesson for today, winning the hearts of the indigenous tribes while fighting in some of the fiercest urban combat in this generation. Stanton’s work is fully researched and bristling with details gleaned from the first-hand reports of those involved, but it is also a well-written thriller, tense with the drama of real world combat.

— Ed, Atlanta


Now a major motion picture from Jerry Bruckheimer in theaters everywhere

"A thrilling action ride of a book" (The New York Times Book Review)--the New York Times bestselling, true-life account of a US Special Forces team deployed to dangerous, war-ridden Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11.

Previously published as Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong 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 forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

During a surrender of six hundred 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.

"A riveting story of the brave and resourceful American warriors who rode into Afghanistan after 9/11 and waged war against Al Qaeda" (Tom Brokaw), Doug Stanton's account touches the mythic. The soldiers on horses combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with twenty-first-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. With "spellbinding...action packed prose...The book reads more like a novel than a military history...the Horse Soldier's secret mission remains the US military's finest moment in what has since arguably been a muddled war" (USA TODAY).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501178511
ISBN-10: 1501178512
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: December 19th, 2017
Pages: 432
Language: English