Black Hawk Down: A Story Of Modern War by Mark BowdenBlack Hawk Down: A Story Of Modern War by Mark Bowden

Black Hawk Down: A Story Of Modern War

byMark Bowden

Paperback | April 23, 2010

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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.
Mark Bowden Mark Bowden has been a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-one years and has won many national awards for his writing. He is the author of "Black Hawk Down,""Bringing the Heat,""Doctor Dealer" and, most recently, "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw." Bowden has also written for Talk, Men's ...
Title:Black Hawk Down: A Story Of Modern WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.09 inPublished:April 23, 2010Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080214473X

ISBN - 13:9780802144737

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Read An incredibly well-written look at warfare, the brotherhood of soldiers and a conflict that shook a nation. If you've seen and enjoyed the movie adaptation then I highly recommend you read this book because it truly is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book Bowden is one of the best reportage authors in history. His re-telling of Black Hawk Down makes your heart beat faster because of the incredible detail, undoubtedly due to his countless interviews. All of his other books are noteworthy too, and I will now have to read 'Hue 1968'.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This is a great book about an actual battle in modern history. My only complaint is that you can sometimes get mixed up with the characters because there are so many, but it's really a great read.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read An incredible detailed account of warfare.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking and courageous Had no idea that the movie was based on this book, until I found it at a dollar store. Tells a great story of courage, valor, and leaving no man behind. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As breathtaking as the film was, the book it was based on is even better The single best piece of war/military documenting I have ever read, 'Black Hawk Down' needs to be the model and standard set for modern combat reporting. It sucks you into the crack of every bullet and every sweep of the rotor blades. This book is a must read. For an excellent complementary piece to go with 'Black Hawk Down', read Michael Durant's 'In the Company of Heroes.'
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Hawk Down To sum up a situation with so many variables couldn't have been easy but Bowden's writing tackled it flawlessly, and on paper no less.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book!!! If you think the movie is good then read this book. It is next to impossible to put down!!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Amazing research and well written! Fast paced keeps the story exciting!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic story telling Recently read this book and found it hard to put down. Mark Bowden is an amazing storyteller, and is so descriptive that you can almost feel what the guys were going through. The heroic actions of so many of the men, to get to their fallen buddies in the crashed helicopters. The smells, tastes, sounds, fear.... the choking dust, the poverty of the people, and the viewpoint from both sides of the fight. It's hard not to be angry at the military for putting the men in this position, and then the next day cancelling the mission after both sides suffered such losses! Fascinating read for anyone who enjoys war stories.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Definitely a book to read. I know it took me so long to finish-not because it was boring-but now that I have, I highly recommend it!!! NSDQ. RLTW-ATW. God Bless all soldiers. Hoo-ah.
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Intense Bloody Read! Intense detailed recounting of the battle for Mogadishu that pitted elite US troops against an entire city. The book is mandatory reading among military institutions and the ramifications of the experience in Somalia wound up having geopolitical consequences to this day. A great but sad read on a controversial mission..
Date published: 2011-07-22