Now a major motion picture from Jerry Bruckheimer and Lionsgate!
The New York Times bestselling “spellbinding true-life story” (USA TODAY) of a United States Special Forces team deployed to the war-ravaged Afghanistan mountains in the weeks immediately following 9/11, overcoming great odds to become heroes of our era.
In the weeks following the attacks of September 11, a small band of Special Forces soldiers secretly entered Afghanistan. Riding on horseback, they pursued the Taliban over the stark and mountainous Afghanistan terrain. After a series of intense battles, they captured the strategically essential city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city, and the streets thronged with Afghans overjoyed that the Taliban regime had been overthrown. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed by the would-be POWs. Dangerously overpowered, they fought for their lives in the city’s immense fortress, Qala-i-Jangi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the entire effort to outmaneuver the Taliban was likely doomed.
Previously published as Horse Soldiers, 12 Strong “is not just a battle story—it’s also about the home front. An important book” (the TODAY show). A thrilling, inspiring tale of a group of men on horses who did the impossible and an incredible account of real life bravery and heroism in the face of insurmountable odds.
A "Must Listen"
Yet another book that lets you know just how good our "Quiet Professionals" are. The narrarator does a fine job. The only reason it doesn't get a fifth star from me, is that there are several individuals written about and it is hard to keep track of who is doing what and where. I think I'll need to give it another listen. The good thing is, its such an amazing real life story, that I actually want to listen to it again. After listening to this one, I recommend Kill Bin Laden by Dalton Fury.
I hear Disney & Bruckhiemer are making this into a movie...I hope they do it justice. From begining to end it kept me on the edge of my Ipod. Between the hardships of being in the Afghan wild, the social querks of Afghan fighters who have been at war for decades, and all the snafu's of coordinating efforts within our own military, that "eye on the prize" menality (in my opinion) is what pushed these men to victory...despite thier losses. If I could give this book 10 stars...I'd give it 12.
Awesome story, very insightful views of a very different world, a real journey of epic proportions, well told. Wish there were more like this.