12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton

12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

byDoug Stanton

Mass Market Paperback | December 19, 2017

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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.
A former contributing editor at Esquire & Outside, Doug Stanton is now a contributing editor at Men's Journal. He received an MFA from The Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan.
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Title:12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse SoldiersFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.5 × 4.12 × 1.4 inPublished:December 19, 2017Publisher:Pocket BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501179950

ISBN - 13:9781501179952

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was not bad, but i got lost pretty fast
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent ride. Excellent book. It's narrative followed the characters closely and personally, often giving it the feel of a novel. The Horse Soldiers is an extraordinary story that I would place at the top of my list of recommended reads about modern warfare.
Date published: 2014-04-18