October 2016 - Book Review: The Perfect Horse
Written by CRM
Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:54

The Perfect Horse: the Daring US Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
Written by Elizabeth Letts
Reviewed by Leigh Freeman

The Perfect Horse is the story of the Nazis’ heist of prized stallions from Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia and other parts of Europe, with the aim of employing eugenics to breed the consummate warhorse.

The mission to save these magnificent creatures, not just from the clutches of the Nazis, but the advancing Russian army, was approved by General George S. Patton, an avid rider himself. But consent came with a worrying caveat: if things went south, the rescuers were on their own.

So why, in the midst of so much human suffering, did these men willingly risk their lives? The answers to this question lend Letts’ narrative its emotional power, and are just as relevant today as they were then. Whether you are a historian, a horse fan, or just interested in how doing one positive thing can have such a major impact this book is the perfect read.

Reviewer Leigh Freeman is horse show grandpop to Northern California hunter/jumper riders Peyton and Ginger Freeman.

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