Blackhorse Riders: A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot

Philip Keith (Author)

Product Details

St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date
February 05, 2013
5.56 X 8.23 X 1.07 inches | 0.68 pounds

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About the Author

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.


"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"