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Doug Stanton is the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors and Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, which is the basis for a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie by the same name, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, to be released by Warner Bros. in 2018. He attended Hampshire College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Time, The Washington Post, Men's Journal, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Esquire, and Outside, where he has been a contributing editor. Stanton is a founder of the National Writers Series, a year-round book festival, and lives in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife, Anne Stanton, and their three children, John, Katherine, and Will.


The remarkable account of the "Horse Soldiers," a group of top secret Special Forces operatives who entered Afghanistan following 9/11, is dramatically recounted in Stanton's thrilling story. The soldiers found themselves in the center of an ambush after successfully forcing hundreds of Taliban to surrender-and Dennis Boutsikaris reads with such raw emotion, it seems as if he were actually there, his life nearing an end. His gritty voice and characterizations convey the bravery and pride of the Horse Soldiers and will engage his audience from start to finish. A Scribner hardcover. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

In the heady days immediately after the American invasion of Afghanistan, a few hardy soldiers infiltrated the country's Taliban strongholds and fought a guerrilla war. They often used horses, worked with indigenous fighters, called in air strikes, and gathered vital intelligence. Their high point was the ousting of the Taliban from Mazar-i-sharif. A lively and exciting battle chronicle that will be popular. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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