Black Hawk Down, Paperback Book
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Already winning acclaim as one of the best accounts of combat ever written, Black Hawk Down is a minute-by-minute, heart-stopping account of the 1993 raid on Mogadishu, Somalia.

Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3 1993, 140 elite US Soldiers abseiled from helicopters into a teeming market neighbourhood in the heart of the city.

Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali 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, fighting for their lives against thousands of heavily armed Somalis.

Two of their high-tech helicopters were shot out of the sky.

When the unit was rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and more than seventy badly injured.

The Somali toll was far worse - more than five hundred killed and over a thousand injured.

Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is destined to become a classic of war reporting.

It is already the most accurate, detailed account of modern combat ever written.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True war & combat stories
  • ISBN: 9780552999656

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This is one of the best works of military non-fiction written. It's an almost perfect book. Bowden's account of the 1993 US fiasco in Somalia is a fast, absorbing read. Based on interviews with participants in the engagement, and he made some efforts to interview Somalis who were present as well as conducting exhaustive interviews with American soldiers and commanders. His insights into the mindset of the Americans is very convincing.

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Have you been looking for a book well you found it.This book is about a big war in Afica and they are dicover that they are going to risck there lives in war.

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“Black Hawk Down” by Mark Bowden was a good book with exceptional details. It started off, like in the movie, with a group of highly trained US Army Rangers and Delta operators storming a compound in the Somali city of Mogadishu. Their objective was to capture two top lieutenants of the local militia. The mission was accomplished but at a cost. All 90+ men are trapped in the city overnight, fighting for their lives. Compared to the movie I think the book was better. I think it was easier to follow and was as detailed as in the book. Mark Bowden did a good job with this one.

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