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Mogadishu!: Heroism and Tragedy by Kent…

Mogadishu!: Heroism and Tragedy (1994)

by Kent DeLong

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This book aims to pay tribute to the men who ran the original mission to snatch Aidid and his Somali associates. Included in that tribute are also the other men who tried to reinforce those trapped and to provide defensive security. This book has 18 pages of b/w photos including those of Medal of Honor winners Gordon and Shughart. This narrative begins with the mission itself in progress, so nothing is ever clear about how the intelligence and planning could have resulted in so many casualties. Ample space is allotted to the many different forces involved and the obstacles they overcame to complete the mission minus, one man (Durant). Sec of State Les Aspin is given the majority of blame for the refusal of United States Armored Personnel Carriers to be deployed. President Clinton is taken at face value about his not knowing of the inadequate force capability, almost six months afterward. This account is short and readable. Each of the sixteen chapters moves ahead with the following chapter quickly reviewing the action from a different unit's perspective. I believe this intends to immerse the reader among the unknowns everyone must have felt as the mission disintegrated (starting at the top). Lots of men shared in their respective units' heroism, but I read this book to find out more about the now legendary Sgts Gordon and Shughart.
  sacredheart25 | Jul 28, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0275949257, Hardcover)

Every American should read this book in order to gain a clear insight about military combat and war.

From the foreword by Ross Perot

Recommended for readers who enjoy suspenseful accounts of close combat.

Publishers Weekly

Most Americans remember…the two troubling televised images that follwed [the operation]….But there is more about that day that is told in this book and that should be known by Americans.

The Wall Street Journal

Among America's clearest memories of ongoing conflict in Somalia will certainly be the swollen, bloodied face of helicopter pilot Michael Durant, displayed on the international television news reports after his capture in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. While the failed mission leading to Durant's imprisonment captured the rage and anguish of the world, few Americans truly understood how many U.S. Army Ranger compatriots shared Durant's fortitude and courage there. Indeed, Durant was only one member of the elite Task Force Ranger Regiment deployed to apprehend Mohammed Farrah Aidid, Somailia's most powerful warlord on the fateful October day.

Here is the little-known story of the 15 fierce, deadly hours of fighting that followed the Americans tightly calibrated attempt to target Aidid. Moment by moment, Mogahishu! recounts how this mission, intended to deflate the heart of Somali resistance, became instead a tragic showcase for the heroism and breathtaking self-sacrifice of the American servicement--and the catalyst of U.S. withdrawal of peacekeeping troops. Mogadishu! reveals while the operation produced on the most decorated military units in American history, it cost 18 of America's best-trained servicemen their lives. Using rare testimony from other military personnel, Kent DeLong offers the first complete account of how these Americans died, not for glory but for each other, far from their loved ones in a God-forsaken place called Mogadishu.

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