12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers (Mass Market Paperbound)

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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 and Lionsgate

The New York Times bestselling "spellbinding true-life story" (USA TODAY) of a United States Special Forces team deployed to the war-ravaged Afghanistan mountains in the weeks immediately following 9/11, overcoming great odds to become heroes of our era.

In the weeks following the attacks of September 11, a small band of Special Forces soldiers secretly entered Afghanistan. Riding on horseback, they pursued the Taliban over the stark and mountainous Afghanistan terrain. After a series of intense battles, they captured the strategically essential city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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 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-Jangi, 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.

Previously published as Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong "is not just a battle story--it's also about the home front. An important book" (the TODAY show). A thrilling, inspiring tale of a group of men on horses who did the impossible and an incredible account of real life bravery and heroism in the face of insurmountable odds.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501179952
ISBN-10: 1501179950
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: December 19th, 2017
Pages: 576
Language: English