By Mark Bowden
The acclaimed New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down is "a surprising account of recent conflict . . . gripping and horrifying" (San Francisco Chronicle)
Destined to develop into a vintage of warfare reporting, Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden's great account of the longest sustained firefight concerning American troops because the Vietnam warfare. On October third, 1993, a couple of hundred elite U.S. squaddies have been dropped via helicopter into the teeming industry within the center of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their undertaking used to be to abduct best lieutenants of a Somali warlord and go back to base. It used to be presupposed to take an hour. in its place they discovered themselves pinned down via a protracted and poor evening scuffling with opposed to hundreds of thousands of seriously armed Somalis. the next morning, eighteen americans have been lifeless and greater than seventy have been badly injured.
Drawing on interviews from either side, military files, audiotapes, and video clips (some of the cloth remains to be classified), Bowden's minute-by-minute narrative is likely one of the most fun bills of contemporary wrestle ever written--a riveting tale that captures the heroism, braveness, and brutality of battle.
"Black Hawk Down ranks one of the best books ever written approximately infantry strive against. . . . A descendent of books like The Killer Angels and We have been squaddies as soon as . . . and Young."-- Bob Shacochis, The long island Observer
"If Black Hawk Down have been fiction we'd rank it up there with the simplest battle novels: The Naked and the Dead by way of Norman Mailer, or The issues They Carried, by way of Tim O'Brien."-- Tom Walker, The Denver Post
"Stands in a league with Shelby Foote's stirring Civil warfare Diary, Shiloh."-- Jim Haner, The Baltimore Sun
"One of the main gripping and authoritative bills of wrestle ever written."-- Kirk Spitzer, USA Today
"Amazing . . . probably the most severe, visceral examining reports imaginable."-- The Philadelphia Inquirer
A New York Times bestseller for 14 weeks
Bowden's Black Hawk Down sequence, which seemed within the Philadelphia Inquirer used to be provided the out of the country Press Club's Hal Boyle Award for most sensible overseas reporting
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