Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

by Mark Bowden

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The audio tie-in edition of the movie event of 2002 starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan MacGregor and Sam Shepherd. Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there -- and how they fought their way out. This is the story of war. 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 Form 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, locked in a desperate struggle to kill or be killed. Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a riveting look at the terror and exhilaration of combat which has become a classic of war reporting.

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    To me, this is a chapter of the military bible. An incredible work of art. My favorite book on modern warfare.

  • On Mar 07 2010 Fred Kiesche (USA) read this book and commented:

    I can't count the number of times I've read this (or "read" it as an audiobook--alas, abridged) or seen the movie. Excellent study of what went right (how people fought for each other) or wrong (no tanks, leadership mistakes, not sticking to what should have been part of the equipment, etc.). Very highly recommended.

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