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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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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden (1999)

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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 |
I just read this book after reading Howard Zinn's lifetime collection of speeches against war and promoting civil disobedience. The most shocking thing about the book is the frank admission of killing women and children in the streets by Americans and the fact little has been writting about it either at the time or since. More political background would have been helpful and explanation of the clans. Clinton had justg taken office and he and his staff were caught unprepared to deal with it. We just pulledout.....think Reagan in Lebanon. Not that we probably could have done otherwise. Interesting to read it after the Bush interventions and now Obama...still in Afghanistan ( )
  carterchristian1 | Mar 18, 2013 |
I recently read the book Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden. The book took place in Mogadishu, Somalia. On October 3, 1993, Delta and U.S. Army Rangers were suppose to drop in on a univited gathering of Habr Gidr clan leaders. This ragged clan was led by warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The mission was to arrest two of Aidid’s lieutenants. The mission was to drop off four chalks of U.S. Army Rangers around the four blocks surrounding the target building. Then Delta force was supposed to enter the building and get the lieutenants. All the men thought that this would be a hit and run mission. So they left a lot of extra ammo at the camp. When all the helicopters were at the designated spot to drop the men one of Chalk four’s men fell rappelling down the rope. When everyone from Chalk four was on the ground they were taking fire from the militia. One of the helicopters was hit by a RPG (rocket propelled grenade) The helicopter went down crashing blocks away from the target building. Now instead of a hit and run mission it was a rescue mission. All of a sudden another helicopter went down. Now the Rangers had to rescue everyone from two helicopters.
I loved this book. Mark Bowden did an outstanding job writing this book. He wrote this book like he was there. But he wasn’t. He interviewed all of the young, brave men who experienced it. This book is based on a true story so I wouldn’t recommend anyone under like 13 or even 14 to read this book. This book could be a little disturbing at some points because Mark Bowden described the wounds the men took in the battle. If you read this book I recommend that you have a piece of paper with the names of the Rangers and Delta. I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5. ( )
  br13casa | Mar 3, 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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