in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
About the Event
Adventures by the Book is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Free Library Adventure with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Letts.
A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of the horses seized by Hitler to create an equine war machine. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor. Much like she did with her beloved first book and #1 Bestseller, The Eighty Dollar Champion, in this new book Letts has written an incredible, ground breaking story that brings to light a story of heroism overlooked for decades.
Don't miss the opportunity to join us on this Free Library Adventure for a discussion on the history & inspiration behind The Perfect Horse, Q&A with the author, and book signing.
About the Author and Book
Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation. She is also the author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and an award-winning children’s book, The Butter Man. She majored in history at Yale, where she studied creative writing with Pulitzer Prize-winner John Hersey. Her writing has been recognized for numerous awards, including a John H. Daniels fellowship, The Charlotte Zolotow Award (honor book) and the Middle East Book Award. A lifelong equestrian, she is a graduate H-A from Rolling Hills Pony Club (California). As a teen she represented Area VI (California and Hawaii) in the North American Junior Three-Day Eventing Championships.
Her latest book The Perfect Horse, begins in the chaotic last days of the World War II where a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the Army’s last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses.
Pulling together this multi-stranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler’s imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator’s son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm’s surrender.
Event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited and expected to fill quickly, so stay tuned to learn how you can obtain your free tickets for admission. Information available soon at Carlsbad City Library.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy below of The Perfect Horse to be delivered at the event.