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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (22 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250021227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250021229
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A riveting account of one of the most extraordinary and courageous rescues in U.S. military history. Blackhorse Riders is written with enough detail to satisfy even the most particular of military historians, yet Keith's compelling storytelling breathes life into the personalities involved, so that minute by minute, following both rescuers and rescued, you keep turning pages to find out who lives and who dies.---Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War. One of the finest and best-told combat stories to come out of Vietnam. Blackhorse Riders is a portrait of men at war; reluctant soldiers in an unpopular conflict whose actions on a single day rose to the level of extraordinary heroism, courage, and sacrifice. For those of us who were there, this is the kind of book we would be proud to pass on to our children.---Nelson DeMille. This gripping, vividly detailed narrative finally tells a story that was overlooked for far too long, a story of nail-biting action and Band of Brothers--like courage. Blackhorse Riders is a bold tale, well told, of heroism, rescue, and, finally, recognition.---Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey's Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company. This riveting true story of young American soldiers fighting in Vietnam paints a gut-wrenching picture of combat rarely described in print. --John C. Doc Bahnsen, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Squadron Commander of 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, the Blackhorse Regiment

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PHILIP KEITH became a naval aviator after graduating from Harvard. During three tours in Vietnam he was awarded, among other decorations, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Medal for Gallantry, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal. Keith is also a columnist for the Southampton Press and a feature writer for magazines. He lives in Southampton, Long Island.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. P. Shaw on 29 Sept. 2012
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THERE ONLY APPEARS TO BE ABOUT 50-60 PAGES OF ACTUAL FIGHTING AND THAT IS NOT VERY DETAILED.THE INTERVIEWS ARE OK BUT NOT VERY CONCISE.IF YOU WANT REAL COMBAT NARRATIVES READ KEITH WILLIAM NOLANS BOOKS LIKE RIPCORD .MAGNIFICENT BASTARDS. HOUSE TO HOUSE OR DEATH VALLY , THESE BOOKS LEAVE BLACKHORSE RIDERS STANDING ,THE AUTHOR SEEMS TO BE CASHING IN ON THE REASSESSMENT AND POPULARITY OF VIETNAM VETERANS IN THE USA TODAY,OVERALL A VERY LAZY BOOK P.S WHY DID,NT THE AUTHOR INCLUDE THE BATTLE OF FIRE SUPPORT BASE ILLINGWORTH WHICH HAPPENED A DAY OR TWO LATER AND INCLUDED SOME OF THE UNITS INVOLVED IN THE BLACKHORSE RIDERS BATTLE.AT ILLINGWORTH 29 US SOLDERS ALONE WERE KILLED AND 50-60 WOUNDED COMPARED TO THE 1 KILLED IN THE 11TH ARMOURED CAV AT THE BLACKHORSE RIDERS BATTLE.BUT ILLINGSWORTH IS NOT GI JOE KICKING VC BUTT.READ NAM OR BLOODS OR EVEN JOURNAL OF A PLAGUE YEAR TO GET A BETTER VIEW OF THE REAL VIETNAM WAR
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By Stewart M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2014
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It has become my habit to read some form of military history on long air flights. With a number of exceptions this type of book tends to be fast moving enough to keep my attention during the long hours of sleepless semi- darkness.

In this regard this was a good book, in fact it was better than many. The narrative was straightforward, but well developed and the geography of the battlefield simple enough to be able to keep a mental track of the main events.

Simply put this was a mission during the Vietnam war by a mixed infantry and armor column to rescue an outnumbered and isolated infantry unit. During the mission there were a number of casualties and acts of bravery – which probably does not separate this battle from many other similar ones.

What seems to separate this action from many others, is that many of the acts of bravery went unrecognized by the military in terms of medals and commendation’s.

The first part of the book looks at the battle itself, the second the campaign to make sure that the soldiers recommended for awards received them.

I think it’s clear that the outcome of this second campaign may have been more influenced by the apparent shift in view of how soldiers in Vietnam had been handled in the past, rather than the actual nature of the deeds preformed. But I acknowledge I could be wrong.

My biggest concern within the book was the voice adopted by the author in a few sections. At times it is not clear if sentences are the words of the author or the recollections of the soldiers involved in the battle. A lack of consideration for the nature of enemy soldiers is understandable in battle – and honest personal accounts may well include these feelings.
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Gripping True Story 22 Feb. 2012
By Thomas Clavin - Published on Amazon.com
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It is not easy to write a vivid, dramatic story about the Vietnam War that transcends generations, but Phil Keith has managed to do it. That the story is true and not the product of his imagination makes this rescue story all the more immediate and valuable. Capt. Poindexter and his men waited way too long for recognition of their heroism and sacrifice, but their story being told in such a thrilling fashion in "Blackhorse Riders" makes it almost worth the wait for them and worth reading for the rest of us.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
BlackHorse Riders epitome of time spent in Vietnam 29 Feb. 2012
By Austin D. Nixon - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading Blackhorse Riders. It was an awesome read that I enjoyed immensely. I had just downloaded it from Amazon on my iPad only a couple of days ago.
I too am a retired who served two tours in Vietnam "67-68 and 69 - 70" with the 4th Infantry Division and the 199 LIB respectively. In 67 I was a forward observer with the 4th Infantry Division in Dakto on the tri-border area. I was wounded just after Tet on February 26, 1968 when the helicopter I was riding in was shot down into a NVA base camp. It too, was a very long day. During my second tour I had the opportunity to work with the 11th ACR just north of Saigon. So I was able to relate to the story as it unfolded of the Blackhorse Riders.
I have read all of the Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter and Brad Thor novels along with the Bourne series. Your telling of 'A Troop's actions were just as spellbinding as the previous authors mentioned. Your final lead up to the White House and Rose Garden presentation brought tears to my eyes at the thought that these men were finally being recognized after 40 some years. It must have been such a rewarding experience for them. They deserved every moment of recognition they received.
Those of us that served will never forget the comradery of those that we served with and for. I never for a minute thought that I would ever read a book regarding Vietnam but your Blackhorse Riders has changed all that for me.
Thank you for taking the time to write this book. I especially enjoyed the "where they are now" epilogue. I have not had the courage to attend any Vietnam reunions. Maybe now after all of these years I can summon the courage to go meet my cohorts of combat.May God bless you and God bless America.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
LONG OVERDUE 20 Feb. 2012
By Lydia Cavieux - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently purchased this book for my husband who was a participant in the battle and a recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation. This recognition was long overdue as is recognition for all our vietnam veterans. I was delightfully surprised to discover that in addition, it is a good read and I really did enjoy it :-) I recommend it highly for all who wish to discover some forgotten history - an important book for our still healing nation.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
For Those Who Lost Someone In Vietnam 25 Feb. 2012
By Ann Ragan - Published on Amazon.com
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My brother, Lt. Robert K. Henderson, participated in the sequence of Alpha Troop events that the author Phil Keith takes the reader through, step by step, leading to the rescue of Charlie Company in Vietnam. I am proud that Lt. Henderson had this association with these Blackhorse brothers, who tell their individual stories, and together brought home nearly 100 men whose children and grandchildren will now be able to celebrate their heroism for generations to come. I lived and breathed every moment in Keith's book, felt the anticipation and the anxiety, smelled the smoke and gunpowder, heard the deafening explosions, and stood beside Captain Poindexter's men every inch of the way. Thank you for this memorial to the men who fought in Vietnam.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Unheralded Bravery 29 Feb. 2012
By Ken Woodward - Published on Amazon.com
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On March 26th 1970, it took a miracle for the men of Charlie Company 2nd Bn 8th Cavalry (C 2/8) to survive to fight another day. The miracle was in the form of Alpha Team (A Troop, 11th ACR and Company A 2nd Bn 8th Cav) coming to the aid of fellow soldiers. This is not a tale of fiction; it is a true story of a hellacious situation; Charlie Company with approximately 80 men, deep within the dense jungles of Tay Ninh Province; in battle and surrounded by a numerically superior enemy force (400+ NVA), unable to retreat or be resupplied or to have wounded and dead evacuated. C 2/8 fought a desperate battle of survival for more than 6 hours. With ammunition dwindling, it was just a matter of time until darkness enveloped the battle site and then, well, the NVA ruled the night...so prospects were dim. Dim until the courageous men of Alpha Team took it upon themselves to come to the aid of Charlie Company. Writing a book about a battle that occured 40+ years ago is arguably difficult, especially if you weren't a participant in the battle. Yet, author Phil Keith with his research and collaboration with battle survivors has penned an exceptional portrayal of the actions in what has become known as The Anonymous Battle. The herculian efforts of Alpha Team to reach and provide relief for the embattled infantry company is a remarkable story that Phil Keith vividly recounts in great detail and accuracy. I applaud his efforts. Moreover, I am thankful to each and every man of Alpha Team who placed their lives in jeopardy to come to the rescue of fellow soldiers. Without their courage and sacrifice, I and my fellow soldiers in Charlie Company would be but names written on a wall in Washington D.C.

Ken "Mississippi" Woodward
Charlie Company 2nd Bn 8th Cavalry
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