I’ve had less and less time to read these days, but this book has definitely caught my eye- The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis By Elizabeth Letts, a #1 NYT best selling author (who also wrote the fantastic book The Eighty Dollar Champion about the famous jumper Snowman).
Some backstory, during WWII, the beautiful and famous Lippizaner stallions in Vienna were taken by the Nazis and relocated to other parts of Europe. Worried about their possible death in the hands of Nazis in the midst of war (and an advancing Russian army who, let’s be honest, probably would have turned them into food), the head of the Vienna Riding School Alois Podhajsky sought the help of the United States Army to rescue the horses. Thank God they were successful.
The book sounds absolutely fascinating though, and goes into depth about the covert military operation, capturing of spies, and Nazi plans of breeding the perfect warhorse.