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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Mark Bowden

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Title:Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Authors:Mark Bowden
Info:Atlantic Monthly Press (1999), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
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My brother was a Ranger. So I picked up this book to learn more about what he did.

A week later, September 11th happened. I didn't pick this up again until now.

I am glad that I finally read it - it is the ONLY book on military history I've ever even attempted. Perhaps Bowden's lack of familiarity with the genre is what allowed him to write such a compelling book that someone like me would be spellbound by.

The point is to records the actions of the men in the midst of that battle first & foremost. Bowden achieves that goal. He explains the politics of the mission without weighing in on them personally.

There IS a LOT of confusion, and over 100 people in play. I'm chalking up the fact that I have no ability to recount the details to the plethora of information provided by all the combatants, & faithfully recounted by Bowden.

If you're interested in military history, read this book. If you're interested in this story, don't fear the military jargon of it. Bowden is a skilled story teller, & will get you through this. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Words can not express what I'm feeling after this book. I am inspired by the courage of these young men and am humbled by the sacrifice their family makes. I know the story of what took place in 1993 but had no idea of the details...clearly eye opening.
Well written and worth your time to read. ( )
  gopfolk | Dec 18, 2014 |
Black Hawk down is a story about a few American soldiers who go to Mogadishu, Somalia to fight the war there and troubles begin happening almost as soon as they get there. All of the Somalians get scared as soon as they hear the Black Hawk Helicopters coming in and they all prepare to fight. A bunch of the men who go there are rookies, and they don't have much experience with the horrors of fighting in a war. They all soon realize that training is much different from the actual thing. This book starts out slow, as there are pars where Mark Bowden needs to explain the background story of some of the characters, but overall the general plot of the story is good. I almost dropped the book at first, but after I got about halfway in, the action started becoming more frequent, and the story more intriguing. If you like stories about war which explain the context well, but also have a good plot then this book is for you. However, Black Hawk Down does have some parts in it which are graphic as well as sad. Mark Bowden does go into detain about how some of the men die, such as in the beginning of the book when one of the men falls out of the helicopter. All in all, Black Hawk Down was a good book, with intrigue, good detail, and an overall good plot written by a good author.
  br14mino | May 2, 2014 |
Author was on book tour and I bought this book after reading the article about his appearance. I can honestly say that he seemed to do a good job of placing you in the scene and showing that "for want of a nail" something that should have been straightforward turned into a real skin-of-the-teeth situation. ( )
  Jeff.Conrad | Apr 11, 2014 |
Graphic real life tale of modern warfare; makes you really really proud of our military while at the same time causing you to truly feel sorry for the people they are fighting against; but without diminishing the knowledge that our boys did what they needed to do for their brothers ( )
  longhorndaniel | May 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140288503, Paperback)

Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a strikingly detailed account of the 1993 nightmare operation in Mogadishu that left 18 American soldiers dead and many more wounded. This early foreign-policy disaster for the Clinton administration led to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and a total troop withdrawal from Somalia. Bowden does not spend much time considering the context; instead he provides a moment-by-moment chronicle of what happened in the air and on the ground. His gritty narrative tells of how Rangers and elite Delta Force troops embarked on a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid only to find themselves surrounded in a hostile African city. Their high-tech MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters had been shot down and a number of other miscues left them trapped through the night. Bowden describes Mogadishu as a place of Mad Max-like anarchy--implying strongly that there was never any peace for the supposed peacekeepers to keep. He makes full use of the defense bureaucracy's extensive paper trail--which includes official reports, investigations, and even radio transcripts--to describe the combat with great accuracy, right down to the actual dialogue. He supplements this with hundreds of his own interviews, turning Black Hawk Down into a completely authentic nonfiction novel, a lively page-turner that will make readers feel like they're standing beside the embattled troops. This will quickly be realized as a modern military classic. --John J. Miller

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Recounts a 1993 firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that resulted in the deaths of eighteen Americans and more than five hundred Somalis, examining the rationales behind the disastrous raid.

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