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Black Hawk Down : A Story of Modern War

Author: Mark Bowden
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2010]. ©1999
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recounts a 1993 firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that resulted in the deaths of eighteen Americans and more than five hundred Somalis, examining the rationales behind the disastrous raid.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Mohammed Farah Aidid; Mohammed Farah Aidid
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bowden
ISBN: 9780802144737 080214473X
OCLC Number: 456177378
Notes: [Originally published: Atlantic Monthly Press, c1999.]
Afterword by author dated January 2010, (page 360).
"Portions of this book were originally published as a series in The Philadelphia inquirer"--Title page verso.
Description: 396 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: The Assault --
Black Hawk Down --
Overrun --
The Alamo --
N.S.D.Q. --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Mark Bowden ; [with a new afterword by the author] ; [maps by Matthew Ericson].

Abstract:

Recounts a 1993 firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that resulted in the deaths of eighteen Americans and more than five hundred Somalis, examining the rationales behind the disastrous raid.

"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."--Amazon.com

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