Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (Google eBook)

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Grove Press, Apr 1, 2010 - History - 400 pages
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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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I cannot say enough positive for Bowden, when writing is the compendium of what all journalists should strive for in accuracy and objectivity. This is a blow-by-blow account, so detailed that his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Igor Ljubuncic - Goodreads

Not as remotely as good as I hoped for. Too documentary by far, with none of that nostalgic prose like From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, Battle Cry, or others. Sure, hardly comparable, but ... Read full review

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Contents

THE ASSAULT
BLACK HAWK DOWN
OVERRUN
THE ALAMO
N S D Q
Epilogue
Afterword
Sources
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

MARK BOWDEN is the author of seven books, including The Best Game Ever, Bringing the Heat, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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