Horse Soldiers is about a group of Special Forces soldiers who went to Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 and literally rode to war on horseback. They worked with Generals Atta and Dostum to defeat the Taliban, and this book chronicles their journey, as well as that of their families stateside.
As You Were was incredibly helpful in enabling me to better understand what our troops go through in a war zone. As You Were follows several soldiers as they are deployed to the Middle East. I found Miranda Summers' story particularly interesting, as she was a student at a fairly close college. I cried quite a bit while reading it, but the information I gleaned from reading it is invaluable.