Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (Google eBook)
Already a classic of war reporting and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback, "Black Hawk Down" is Mark Bowden's brilliant account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded.
Drawing on interviews from both sides, army records, audiotapes, and videos (some of the material is still classified), Bowden's minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever written--a riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.
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Review: Black Hawk DownUser Review - Josh R - Goodreads
I just finished reading Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden. It's a tale of two helicopters that got tragically shot down in the middle of a Somalian warzone. Bowden descriptively explains the events that ... Read full review
Review: Black Hawk DownUser Review - Goodreads
Black Hawk Down is an important book for Americans to read, much akin to (but more of a page-turner than) We Were Soldiers Once, and Young. The book details mistakes, blunders, embarrassing decisions ...
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