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Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
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Sep 09, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: current-affairs, history-world, history-us, military, political-thriller, tech-thriller, nonfiction
Read in September, 2009

Like Ambrose, McCullough, and Lord, Stanton has produced a readable, entertaining historical account of US actions in Afghanistan following 9/11. Not only is this an account of historical importance, but it is a lesson in what a handful of dedicated, professional, Special Forces and CIA operatives can accomplish with the correct will and direction and the importance of "cultural awareness" in the application of war. It is also an account of our "professional soldier" class that will go anywhere, achieve their mission and do so with great violence and humanity. All Americans should be grateful they are on our side and armed with the fearsome technology of US warfare. All during this read I constantly was thinking of the Orwell/Churchill quote, "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
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