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March 2020

1776

By David McCullough

In the chaotic last days of (World War II), a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find... Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine-an equine master race.  But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.  With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army's last great cavalrymen makes a bold decision-with General George Patton's blessing- to mount a covert rescue operation.... Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters in this compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike.*

Winningly readable... Letts captures both the personalities and the stakes of this daring mission with such a sharp ear for drama that the whole second half of the book reads like a WWII thriller dreamed up by Ala Furst or Len Deighton... The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale.**

*Book jacket

**The Christian Science Monitor 

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