Europe's twentieth-century history told through the incredible story of a horse: the Lipizzaner.
Frank Westerman was born in 1964 and lived and worked in Moscow from 1997 to 2002 as correspondent for the leading Dutch NRC Handelsblad newspaper. Westerman is the author of five highly praised books. His work has been published in more than ten languages and has won many prizes.
"Westerman's account of the Lipizzaners' remarkable survival makes stirring reading. His tales of research in secret archives and encounters with wartime veterans who helped with Operation Cowboy have the subterfuge and tension of a thriller" -- Jane Shilling Sunday Telegraph "A most charming book" -- Allan Mallinson The Times "Westerman's own unique process of hybridisation, his mix of travel writing and history, yet again proves a winner. He proves himself an enquiring and thoughtful historian" -- Lucy Scholes Independent "When you touch a Lipizzaner, you're touching history," Westerman was once told. His elegant book offers fascinating proof" -- Carl Wilkinson Financial Times "A masterpiece" De Standaard