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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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Mark Bowden only writes good books. You will not find a better book on this event. ( )
  ikeman100 | Jun 2, 2017 |
Black Hawk Down is a terric story of small force of American Rangers and Special Force units trapped and outmanned by a large force of Somalie armed rebels.

The author, Mark Bowden, does a great job of explaining the backdrop of the story, painting the pictures of a good deed gone bad, of the courage and fortitude of the modern American soldier, of the politics that led them to a city for humanitarian purposes with tragic results and the individual stories that make this tale compelling.

A must read, horrifying, instructive, and ultimately inspiring.

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  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
Compelling blow-by-blow account of The First Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. The book suffers a bit from the writing style during some passages but the harrowing ordeal is brought home to the reader in graphic detail. Put together from individual interviews and actual video recordings from battle command, Bowden has done a great job of parsing the information into a fairly cohesive timeline of events. Recommended if you have a relatively strong stomach. ( )
  ScoLgo | Feb 10, 2017 |
Account of a doomed American military expedition in Somalia ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
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 |
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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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