The movie "12 Strong"  opens this weekend. It's a story, based on fact, about the first U.S. soldiers (and CIA operatives) who were the first ones on the ground in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. The movie is based on the book "Horse Soldiers" by Traverse City author Doug Stanton. I read the book when it came out in 2009 and I'm a huge fan. For a long time this movie was going to be called Horse Soldiers. I don't know what prompted the name change. The book title hinges on the fact that the first Americans in fought alongside the Northern Alliance - arch enemies of the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. The Northern Alliance used horses to get around - so that's what our guys had to get used to. Even though many of them hadn't ever been on a horse.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Doug's latest book is about the Vietnam War. It's called "Odyssey of Echo Company".

Here's the Free Press interview with Doug, about his books and growing up in Michigan.


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