The Perfect Horse or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Lipizzaners

When I first heard the premise of Elizabeth Letts’s The Perfect Horse, I will admit I was skeptical after reading the description. I thought the title Saving Private Sea Biscuit would be more appropriate. I couldn’t imagine how anybody would put their life on the line in the middle of a world war save some purebred horses. I’ve read a lot of World War II stories and thought I had heard of everything, from the landings at Anzio to Operation Zitadelle. But once I had heard the story about the kidnapping of hundreds of horses told in The Perfect Horse, I realized that these horses were swept up in the war just like so many millions of people. And even though they were animals, their rescue by the U.S. Army was no less heroic. Although it does not feature the same battles as the typical World War II story, The Perfect Horse is just as interesting and thrilling. Whether you’re a fan of WWII history, or of thoroughbred horses, there’s something for you to love in this audiobook.

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