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THE PERFECT HORSE: The Daring Mission to Rescue the Nazis' Equine Master Race
by Elizabeth Letts

THE PERFECT HORSE: The Daring Mission to Rescue the Nazis

Ballantine Hardcover

On sale August 23, 2016

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We are very pleased to share this fascinating World War II story about the daring behind-Nazi-lines rescue of priceless pedigree horses by American soldiers in the closing days of the war. THE PERFECT HORSE is a riveting equine adventure story from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Eighty-Dollar Champion.

While Hitler's attempt to create an Aryan master race is well known, his simultaneous effort to build an equine master race made up of the finest purebred horses is not. Hidden on a secret farm in Czechoslovakia, these beautiful animals were suddenly imperiled in the spring of 1945 as the Russians closed in on the Third Reich from the east and the Allies attacked from the west.

Thanks to the daring of an American colonel, an Austrian Olympian in charge of the famous Lipizzaner stallions, and the support of US General George Patton, a covert mission was planned to kidnap these endangered animals and smuggle them into safe territory--though many disapproved of risking human lives to save mere horses.

Praise for The Eighty-Dollar Champion:

"[A] classic American dream story, with a down-on-its-luck horse galloping in for good measure."--USA Today

"If you loved the story of Seabiscuit, the surprise champion racehorse, make a date to check out the true story of Snowman."--San Jose Mercury News

"[Elizabeth Letts] details the intricacies of the show world beautifully, [but it's] the relationship between the people in [Harry's] life and this remarkable, humble horse that will captivate the reader."--The Star-Ledger

Elizabeth Letts is the New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and one children's book, The Butter Man. An equestrian from childhood, Letts represented California as a junior equestrian, and was runner-up in the California Horse and Rider of the Year competition. She currently lives in Rolling Hills, California.

Previous publishers: Dutch (House of Books), Japanese (East Press), Russian (FLC), UK/BC (Constable & Robinson).

THE PERFECT HORSE is a thoroughly interesting and entertaining work of narrative nonfiction.