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Book Review: Horse Soldiers

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan (t)Horse Soldiers

by Doug Stanton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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What an amazing untold story of the American Special Forces in Afghanistan following 9/11. They were welcomed as liberators. People lined the streets thanking this small band of Americans for freeing them from Taliban rule.

How’d they do it? Riding horses shoulder-to-shoulder with the indigenous Northern Alliance soldiers, using Civil War strategies for mounted attacks. They worked with the embedded Afghani soldiers. They considered their wisdom and experience. They fought with them in the mountains, on the trails, all the while taking great care to avoid civilian casualties and follow the cultural norms of their fellow Afghan fighters. As a result, they won their hearts and souls and gave them their country back.

As one of the two prominent warlords said, “I asked for a few Americans. They brought with them the courage of a whole army.”

This is a blueprint for modern warfare.

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 Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is  editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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  7. I loved the book/movie WAR HORSE. Brought me to tears seeing the strength and bond between military men & their steeds. I am guessing it would have been the same in the middle ages, A knight and his trusted destrier(?). I am eager to sought out this book.

    How poignant is this – “I asked for a few Americans. They brought with them the courage of a whole army.” 🙂

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    • Me too. I completely got past the ridiculous premise and engaged with that gorgeous horse and his owner. Loved it.

      America loves to come to the aid of those who appreciate it.

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