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Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse Hardcover – October 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Racing Post (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908216107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908216106
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GENERAL JACK SEELY was the great heroic friend of Winston Churchill and the only Cabinet Minister to go to the front in 1914 and still be there four years later.

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This is a fascinating book, and I recommend it.
Lance Mitchell
It is written by a true horse lover and I was constantly struck by the compassion the author felt toward Warrior and how much he understood Warrior's personality.
L Hansen
Given to my family member as a gift, and envied by others who now wish to read it.
florida

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Baxter on January 4, 2012
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After seeing War Horse, I prowled Amazon for more WWI cavalry reading... and came across this book (first published 1934), now available in Kindle and print. I am only a few chapters into it, but it has that charming tone of the personal memoir commonly written by the upper class early in the 20th Century. Horsemen of all kinds and levels are introduced, and the attachment and respect between "Galloping Jack" Seely and the horse he had raised and rode all his life is marvelously portrayed. Warrior's dam had carried Seely in the Boer War -- reminding us again how central that partnership was to survival in an era of random losses. Seely insisted on bringing the mare Cinderella home to the Isle of Wight, and she later produced Warrior.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ALC on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
From the very first moment I read the caption under the drawing on the title page, I knew this was going to be a love story. In every word, the author portrays his immense love and admiration for not only Warrior, but all of the horses he has owned, but especially for Warrior and Warrior's mother, Cinderella. Only someone who understands a loving relationship between a horse and man could write the way General Seely did. And, he said it correctly in that they were not horse and owner, but friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mitchell on February 5, 2012
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This is the true story of a real war horse, as told by his owner, General Jack Seely. I say this to draw the distinction between Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse and the fictional book War Horse, which is now also a Spielberg film.

The story starts with a chapter about Cinderella, Warrior's mother, who was also owned by Seely.

This is a very personal record, written by a man who obviously loved horses, and particularly Warrior. It was written whilst Warrior was still alive, and includes comments from many who were associated with this remarkable beast. He was a truly amazing horse, with an almost unbelievable personality.

How he survived the whole four and a half of years of World War One, when an estimated million horses were killed in that war, is incredible. He had shells and bulidings and earth drop on him. A horse that he was nose to nose with was shot, and he hardly flinched. He led a charge near Amiens, which could have been regarded as a turning point in the war.

Despite the descriptions of major events leading up to WW1, through the war, and beyond into the forties, I found this much more interesting than very exciting. It was akin to enhancements to a personal journal of the aritocratic British leader that General Seely was. It seemed to be written for himself and his family.

One of the most interesting points that General Seely made was that he thought that there would neve come a time when horses were "the most important element of modern warfare," and that the planners should always make sure of an adequatesupply of horses in time of war."

What would he have to say in this world of drones and guided missiles?

This is a fascinating book, and I recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharon G. on March 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I purchased a first edition of this book years ago because of my appreciation for Munnings' equine art and my interest in WWI. This is an excellent book written by a horseman. I am happy that interest in the book, play and now movie adaptation of "War Horse" has caused this book to be reprinted. I only wish more such books could be reprinted. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jbaker on March 1, 2012
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This is a very good, interesting book about a very amazing horse! I've read it; husband has read it; friends have read it !..all say the same...very good !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Mentikov on December 13, 2012
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Very dramatic story of an exceptional horse from the time he was a young farm animal until his war years.
Followed him through his trials until his final days and found his story amazing. Very entertaining reading.Certainly recommend
this book to any one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug M on November 14, 2012
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I love this book, it was full of lovely stories about the horse and what he went through in world war one
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