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Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
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Jun 16, 12

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Read from May 20 to June 16, 2012

Great book. Supremely entertaining as well as well-constructed. The story alone is riveting in itself, but Stanton made into a masterpiece with his prose. The basic premise is the very first special force soldiers who went into Afghanistan after 9/11 with nothing but their rucksacks, weapons and brains and how the they linked up with Afghan warlords of the Northern Alliance to assist and wage war against the Taliban. They were give horses at the very beginning to get around on and fought a couple pitched battles, incidentally many of them had never ridden a horse before. But as always these American SF guys always adapt and the story culminates with their ultimate success. The story ends with the uprising of Taliban prisoners where American Taliban John Walker Lindh is found and the first American Johnny "Mike" Spann is killed in action. This paperback version provides and epilogue and afterword where the author Stanton shares personal stories of these American men upon their returns home as well as the afterword to the Hardcover edition. As this book was published in early 2009, in the afterword Stanton is able to go back and reflect near two years later on further developments, where our strategy has gone off course, the unfortunate resurgence of the Taliban and ultimately what is needed if we want to see lasting effect. So in summary not only does Stanton provide a fascinating story but he provides clearly constructed guidelines in my view at the end of the book as to what is needed to see Afghanistan prosper.
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