12 Strong

The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

12 Strong

OFFICIAL TIE-IN TO THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 12 STRONG, STARRING CHRIS HEMSWORTH

On September 11th, 2001 the world watched in terror.
On September 12th, 2001 they volunteered to fight.
Twelve soldiers gave us a reason to hope.

THE DECLASSIFIED TRUE STORY OF THE HORSE SOLDIERS.  

This is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who entered Afghanistan immediately following September 11, 2001 and, riding to war on horses, defeated the Taliban.

Outnumbered 40 to 1, they capture the strategic Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, and thereby effectively defeat the Taliban throughout the rest of the country. They are welcomed as liberators as they ride on horses into the city, the streets thronged with Afghans overjoyed that the Taliban have been kicked out. 

The soldiers rest easy, as they feel they have accomplished their mission. And then, the action takes a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers are ambushed by the would-be P.O.W.s and, still dangerously outnumbered, they must fight for their lives in the city's ancient fortress known as Qala-I Janghi, or the House of War . . .

Praise for Doug Stanton:-
‘A thrilling action ride of a book.’ New York Times
‘As gripping as the most intricately-plotted thriller.’ Vince Flynn
‘A riveting story of the brave and resourceful American warriors who rode into Afghanistan after 9/11 and waged war against Al Qaeda.’ Tom Brokaw
‘This reads like a cross between an old-fashioned Western and a modern spy thriller.’ Parade Magazine
‘Spellbinding...action-packed prose. The book reads more like a novel.’ USA Today
 
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471170829 | 
  • December 2017
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Reading Group Questions for Horse Soldiers

 

1.       Were you surprised to learn of America’s secret effort to attack the Taliban in the fall of 2001, or did you already know about it? How advisable was this plan? Does knowing about the success of this campaign change your understanding of America’s war in Iraq, which followed?

2.       As Doug Stanton shows, the American soldiers preparing for their mission to Afghanistan were yanked out of their lives and family relationships to go to war. How did you respond to his portrayal of the men and women involved? Did this exposition add to the power of the story, or were you impatient for the action to begin? Why? Do you know anyone who served in this or another comparable conflict, and was his or her experience similar?

3.       Doug Stanton felt that the soldiers’ efforts to get into Afghanistan by flying Chinook helicopters over 14,000 ft. mountain peaks was an important part of the story. Do you agree? Did you enjoy knowing what the men went through just get to the battle zone?

4.       There are a number of key American soldiers in this story. Which ones were your favorites, and why? Were you interested in their relationships with the Northern Alliance soldiers? Did you trust the Northern Alliance soldiers? Why? How about the Northern Alliance see more

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Doug Stanton
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Doug Stanton

Doug Stanton has travelled extensively as a contributing editor for the US Esquire, and other magazines. With his contacts in the Department of Defence, Pentagon, and various branches of the US military, Stanton is a subject matter expert in the areas of insurgency, counter-insurgency, and unconventional and civil wars.

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