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

Paperback | December 19, 2017

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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).
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:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:December 19, 2017Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501178512

ISBN - 13:9781501178511

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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

Editorial Reviews

"Stanton has captured the inner workings of... Special Forces operations. A thorough recounting of the events told from the soldiers' point of view." -- Veritas, Journal of Special Operations History