Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 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 BowdenĠs 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), BowdenĠs minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever writtenÑa riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.
 

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wow. 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 ... Read full review

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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 ... 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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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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