From the New
York Times bestselling author of In Harmâ’s Way comes a true-life story of
American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory.
Soldiers 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, which was strategically essential to
defeat their opponent throughout the country.
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.
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.
researched and beautifully written, Stantonâ’s account of the Americansâ quest
to liberate an oppressed people 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 Americaâ’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.
432 pages, Doug Stanton (Author)]