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Operation Cowboy: The Secret American Mission to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II (Kindle Single)

Operation Cowboy: The Secret American Mission to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Stephan Talty

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A thrilling account of one of the strangest and most daring military operations in history.

In the final days of World War II, with the ravenous Red Army marching across Czechoslovakia, a wily band of American soldiers did the unexpected: they teamed up with the Nazis and went behind enemy lines to save the world’s rarest horses from imminent extinction at the hands of the Russians — including the exquisite white Lipizzaner, whose bloodlines date back to Genghis Khan. Based on personal interviews and new archival research, New York Times bestselling author Stephan Talty recreates in vivid detail the exhilarating rescue mission, led by unlikely heroes who just “wanted to do something beautiful.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephan Talty is the author of the best-selling Kindle Single “The Secret Agent,” as well as five acclaimed non-fiction books. The movie "Captain Phillips," with Tom Hanks, was based on his book with Richard Phillips. And Talty's next crime novel, “Hangman” (May 13), brings back the Harvard-educated detective Abbie Kearney.

Cover design by Adil Dara Kim.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 252 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read -- and I'm not even a WW2 buff! 7 April 2014
By cazenovia-boy - Published on
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My dad told me about these gorgeous white horses that nearly went extinct. Sounded like an urban myth -- but now I can tell him he's 100% correct. Better yet, I can give him this quick read so he'll know way more than he ever did before. Loaded with facts and written in a conversational style. This guy Talty has a knack for words! Highly recommended.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 7 April 2014
By History Buff - Published on
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I'm a fan of Stephan Talty so I'm always on the lookout for his latest work. I'm happy to report this latest offering does not disappoint! I love reading about these random, oft-forgotten moments in history. Mr. Talty does a great job of humanizing the people and incidents he writes about. I highly recommend Operation Cowboy for an enjoyable, interesting read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 April 2014
By S. Edwards - Published on
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This is a short book - quick read. It's thrilling to read a story of how opposing forces came together for a common (and good) cause. It's even better when the story is true. I'm glad I bought this one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine account of a fascinating WWII incident 14 April 2014
By Elisabeth - Published on
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I've known for a long time about the rescue of the Lipizzaners by U.S. forces at the end of WWII, but here, finally, is a detailed and concise account of just how it happened, drawing on the personal accounts of those involved in the operation. I'd also known that the Disney film "Miracle of the White Stallions" (1963) presented a fictionalized version of the rescue (the film is briefly discussed near the end of "Operation Cowboy"), but you'll find that the true story is actually more complicated and suspenseful.

The only thing that made me wince a little was Talty's defining the 'capriole' as "the airs above the ground," when anyone who knows Lipizzaners knows that it is merely one of a series of movements coming under that heading.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History 3 May 2014
By Robert R. - Published on
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A quick read about an unauthorized mission during the end days of the Third Reich. The backstory to the scene in the movie "Patton" where George C. Scott is giving a postwa interview while mounted on a white stallion. I found the contrast between German solders who knew the war was lost and those determined to fight to the end
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