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Doug Stanton in Qala-i-Janghi fortress, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, while reporting <i>Horse Soldiers</i>.
Doug Stanton in Qala-i-Janghi fortress, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, while reporting Horse Soldiers

Horse Soldiers

Horse 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 across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban. Read More >>


Vice President Biden attended the dedication of "Horse Soldiers" statue in NYC on Veterans Day. Read more>>

Now available in paperback! This new edition includes a new chapter updating events in Afghanistan.

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Horse Soldiers Is A Bestseller!

Horse Soldiers spent over 3 months on the New York Times best-seller list, reaching #2. The New York Times also chose Horse Soldiers as a 2009 "Notable Book" of the year.

Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, and Barnes & chose Horse Soldiers as a "Best Book Of 2009," and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association named it a "Great Lakes, Great Reads" book.

Doug Stanton was featured in over 100 national print and radio interviews, and on the Today Show, Morning Joe, C-Span’s Book TV, and PBS affiliates.


"Spellbinding...action packed prose...The book reads more like a novel than a military history...the Horse Soldier's secret mission remains the U.S. military's finest moment in what has since arguably been a muddled war."

-- USA Today

"Horse Soldiers is a great read -- a riveting story of the brave and resourceful American warriors who rode into Afghanistan after 9/11 and waged war against Al Qaeda. We're hearing many of these stories for the first time -- and from those who waged a war worthy of Rudyard Kipling, James Bond, and Davy Crockett."

-- Tom Brokaw

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