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 & Noble.com 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.
Horse Soldiers on the best-seller lists:
Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
More Praise For Doug’s Stanton’s Horse Soldiers:
“Stanton packs a huge amount of research into a thrilling action-ride of a book. Rousing, uplifting… for those who like their military history told through the eyes of heroic grunts, sergeants and captains. Think of Stephen E. Ambroses’s Band of Brothers… deserves a hallowed place in American military history….”
—Bruce Barcott, cover of New York Times Book Review
“Horse Soldiers reads like a cross between an old-fashioned Western and a modern spy thriller.”
“[An] absolutely riveting account, full of horror and raw courage... A seminal battle and, in Stanton's prose, a considerable epic..."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A fascinating account... This is not just a battle story-- it's also about the home front. An important book."
"A great story and great reporting... Incredible. It takes you deep inside what the Special Forces do."
—Morning Joe, MSNBC
“Horse Soldiers tells the important story of the Special Forces soldiers who first put American boots on the ground in Afghanistan in 2001. Fighting alongside the Northern Alliance, the troops, often riding on horseback, [they] achieved important victories against the Taliban.”
—Small Wars Journal
“Spellbinding… the book reads more like a novel than a military history… Stanton delivers page after page of harrowing descriptions… the book has unforgettable characters… the Horse Soldiers’ secret mission remains the U.S. military’s finest moment in what has since arguably been a muddled war.”
“A great read with amazing detail. I would recommend it to any reader, but particularly those interested in understanding a different aspect of war – the one fought by the US Special Forces… [and] the campaign that is considered the most successful in all of America’s engagement in Afghanistan.”
—Christian Science Monitor
“Truth is stranger than fiction. And in the hands of…Doug Stanton, it's mesmerizing…"Horse Soldiers" is a riveting piece of literary journalism”
—Detroit Free Press
“Meticulous and thorough… difficult to put down. You find yourself riding along with the soldiers.”
“Stanton has captured the inner workings of… Special Forces operations. A thorough recounting of the events told from the soldiers’ point of view.”
—Veritas, Journal of Special Operations History
“… Stanton has done excellent work. [He] provides great insight and understanding [and] gives the reader a feeling… of how these ‘horse soldiers’ succeeded … [Gives] family, friends, and anyone interested in Special Forces a glimpse of the world of the SF operator living and fighting behind enemy lines.”
—J.R. Seeger, Studies in Intelligence, the journal of the American Intelligence Professional
"Buy and read Horse Soldiers. Stanton tells this story so well that I would find myself nearly 160 pages along before I needed a coffee refill.”
—Mansfield News Journal (Ohio)
“An amazing story. The pacing is like [that of] Stanton’s In Harm’s Way. We give it the highest recommendation.”
—Ward Carroll, Military.com
“A lively and exciting battle chronicle that will be popular.”
"Stanton is a masterful storyteller."
—Military Officer magazine
"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 Davey Crockett."
“In the spirit of Black Hawk Down and Flags of Our Fathers, Doug Stanton plunges into the heart of a single mission and returns with a stark understanding not only of what happened, but what was truly at stake. Through precise reportage and hauntingly rendered battle scenes, Stanton shows that we may ignore this "forgotten" theater only at our own peril.
—Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder
"Doug Stanton's Horse Soldiers is as gripping as the most intricately plotted thriller. It is a masterwork of thrilling military action, brilliant in-depth journalism, and powerful story telling. Finally Americans can know how just a few dozen courageous U.S. soldiers beat the Taliban under the most extreme and dangerous conditions imaginable. I could not put this book down."
"Not just an epic war story, Horse Soldiers is a beautifully written, intimate portrait of the men and women who lived the battle on the fields of fire—and at home, too. Their secret mission against the Taliban was intelligent, brave, and undertaken with great care for the good people of Afghanistan. Doug Stanton's superb account is an invaluable insight for policy-makers and the public for years to come."
—Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea
“Doug Stanton's Horse Soldiers is the story of the first large American unconventional warfare operation since World War II. My Green Berets were launched deep into enemy territory to befriend, recruit, equip, advise, and lead their Afghan counterparts to attack the Taliban. The Horse Soldiers succeeded brilliantly with a highly decentralized campaign, reinforced with modern airpowers' precision weapons, forcing the Taliban government's collapse in a few months. Doug Stanton captures the gritty realities of the campaign as no other can.”
—Geoffrey C. Lambert, Major General (Retired), US Army, Commanding General of the US Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) 2001 - 2003
Extraordinary Praise for Doug Stanton's In Harm's Way:
“A stunning book.”
“Absorbing…illuminating and emotional without being maudlin.”
“A crisp, well-executed reconstruction of naval warfare’s darkest chapter.”
"Stellar...A gut-wrenching story of everyday heroes."
—New York Post