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Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
December 2011 sees the premier of Steven Spielberg's much anticipated film, War Horse, which is the most popular piece of fiction ever written about horses in war. My Horse Warrior, first published in 1934 is equally wondrous fact. It is told by Winston Churchill's great heroic friend, Jack Seely, about the thoroughbred horse he took to France in 1914 surviving five years ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 10th 2011 by Racing Post (first published September 28th 2011)
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Lance Greenfield
Dec 19, 2011 Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it
This is the true story of a real war horse, as told by his owner, General Jack Seely. I say this to draw the distinction between Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse and the fictional book War Horse, which is now also a Spielberg film.

The story starts with a chapter about Cinderella, Warrior's mother, who was also owned by Seely.

This is a very personal record, written by a man who obviously loved horses, and particularly Warrior. It was written whilst Warrior was still alive, and inclu
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Amber
Apr 20, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-adult
You can love horses, but not believe that they have near-human intelligence or soul. But you can't believe this after reading this book, by a manly English army general on intimate terms with his equine comrade at arms. Even if you aren't interested in horses, it's an exciting battle by battle retelling of World War I, reading much like a boys own adventure book - which makes it all the more remarkable for the depth of love and sensitivity shown towards the book's subject. Highly recommended.
David
Jul 13, 2012 David rated it really liked it
The story is told simply in an easy style. The recollection of historical events is personal rather than detailed. What comes over most is the author's empathy with and a love of horses and his admiration for this one horse in particular (though I think Warrior's mother, Cinderella, was one of the great loves of his life). One thing I did note was that the horror of the war is largely missing; eight million horses died in World War 1. But the book is about Warrior and is worth reading.
Katherine Blocksdorf
Nov 18, 2013 Katherine Blocksdorf rated it really liked it
Interesting book, written by a British General born in the early 20th century. As a horse lover, I wish Seely would have included more details about Warrior's training and the way horses were cared for at that time, and during battle. But, no point wishing for the impossible. A very easy read, and a remarkable story.
Mike
Mar 29, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Ok there is always the movie 'War Horse' which is pretty awesome, but this is the 'non Hollywood' version of the real War Horse.
These animals served with such courage and I can only say that if you love horses, and want to read about the loyalty these wonderful animals showed to their 'owners' in exceptional and very dangerous circumstances, then please give this a read.
Nicole
Jun 17, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: horses
Great book. Hadn't known much of WWI history so the book was a little confusing at some places, but a good story and storyline. Not a gripper, but an enjoyable read with a true backdrop. I'd suggest this to any horse book lovers.
Wilde Sky
Nov 29, 2013 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
This book details the life of a horse (Warrior) that survived frontline action in World War One.

The writing is staid / lifeless and a bit pompous, but the details of Warrior’s life are quite interesting.
David Lawson
May 04, 2012 David Lawson rated it it was amazing
Truly excellent
Michelle Mj
Apr 20, 2016 Michelle Mj rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story.
Judi Schwass
Mar 04, 2013 Judi Schwass rated it liked it
Interesting but would have benefitted from having an experienced author.
Julia
Jul 24, 2012 Julia rated it liked it
Man he loved his horse, was nice to read a bit of fiction and retrace a bit of history only got a 4 from book club.
Melanie
Dec 29, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Very moving story about the relationship between horse and man during war. A wonderful read and it also talks about Canadian involvement in some key battles during WWI.
Lili
Apr 22, 2012 Lili rated it it was amazing
Moving true story of a brave horse and his owner who survived the atrocities of the great war. I loved it.
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