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Black Hawk Down - Mark Bowden
Black Hawk Down
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Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces - and puts you in the middle of the most intense firefight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam War. Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 1993, the soldiers of... show more
Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces - and puts you in the middle of the most intense firefight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam War. Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 1993, the soldiers of Task Force Ranger were sent on a mission to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take them about an hour. Instead, they were pinned down through a long and terrible night in a hostile city, locked in a desperate struggle to kill or be killed. When the unit was finally rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and dozens more badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse: more than five hundred killed and over a thousand wounded. Mark Bowden's dramatic narrative captures this harrowing ordeal through the eyes of the young men who fought that day. He draws on his extensive interviews of participants from both sides - as well as classified combat video and radio transcripts - to bring their stories to life. A Black Hawk pilot is shot down and besieged by an angry mob, then saved by Somalis who plan to ransom him to the local warlord. A medic desperately tries to keep his grievously wounded friend alive long enough to be evacuated - only to have him bleed to death in his arms. The company clerk, who is the butt of jokes in the barracks, rises to the task and performs extraordinary feats of valor.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780871137388 (0871137380)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
5.0 Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Bowden's book is every bit as riveting as the film based upon it, every bit as harrowing and visceral. It takes us minute by minute through the terrible battle on the streets of Mogadishu in Somalia on October 3, 1993. The American mission to capture two of clan warlord Aidid's top people was suppos...
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5.0 Black Hawk Down (Movie Tie-in)
To think that someone did what kids do on COD online servers for real is so amazing to know. I mean, you would have to re-spawn like at least twice in easy mode to get through in COD MW2 (which has the most unintelligent AI) and here we have these brave gentlemen who can say "been there done that"; ...
"Check Six"
"Check Six" rated it
5.0
This is one of the best combat descriptions I have ever come across. It rings true and really honors these brave soldiers, trying to do the right thing. Shows how our ROE and basic American nature can be used against us by another culture with no qualms about using women and children as combatants.
"Check Six"
"Check Six" rated it
5.0
This is one of the best combat descriptions I have ever come across. It rings true and really honors these brave soldiers, trying to do the right thing. Shows how our ROE and basic American nature can be used against us by another culture with no qualms about using women and children as combatants.
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