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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War Paperback – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010
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I can recall the newspaper accounts of the time, wondering what we were doing there and why, after taking such incredible beatings, we were leaving. Rather than do the research to find out why, Mr. Bowden has compiled this book, which rightfully deserves its place on any historian's bookshelf.
Bowden's accounting of the events and context are flawless. His research is uncommonly thorough, and given the opportunity to write the first really comprehensive accounting of the events, he makes the most of it. His attention to detail, his recreation of the timeline, and his notes are worthy of emulation by future students of history.
All that is nothing without good writing, and Bowden keeps a reader locked into the story. As hard as some of it is to read because of the imagery and concomitant emotional responses, Bowden leads you through the battles at ground level, at eye level from helicopter platforms, at screen level from command centers. At the end of the book one wonders how you survive the reading; how much worse to have been there in it? I was exhausted mentally, and therein lies the demanding aspect of the book.
So much goes on, so many players become involved, that a cheet sheet and glossary of some terms would've helped immensely. Even a cast of characters would've been of some utility, but eventually, I just bore down and focused.Read more ›
Black Hawk Down was recently released as a major motion picture. I haven't (yet) seen the film, but even to those who have I strongly suggest reading this book. In addition to being made as a movie, an even earlier version of this book appeared as a series of articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Additionally, there is a "companion documentary" (Somalia: Good Intentions, Deadly Results), a shorter version of which has appeared on CNN. Of course, the most famous media related to this story is the news footage of the dead American soldiers being dragged through the streets by angry mobs; second to that would be the image of Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant's smashed face in the video made of him by his captors. Both of these are around; if you really need a reminder, try Google.
In the 1990's, the United States found itself in three separate conflicts in (at least partially) Muslim lands. The Gulf War was a conventional military venture, the UN missions in the former Yugoslavia represented a basic-albeit convoluted-peace-keeping venture. The nation-building force in Somalia after the initial famine-busting mission heavily involved special operations. The first sent ripples among the military theorists of nations across the world; the second involved the civilizationally odd American preference to support the Muslim community over that of Orthodox and Western forces; the third was seen as a victory of sorts by Third Worlders and Islamists who drew from it the lesson that America could be shocked into backing out of a conflict.Read more ›
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A real event that reads like fiction. Unfortunately it was forgotten only to be repeated again Iraq. Strongly recommend this bookPublished 8 days ago by Luther Mills
Well written, fast paced and not to many names to try to keep up with at one time.Published 11 days ago by Sidney Redford
I read this book and a single day, and couldn't put it down. Bowden's account of the battle in Somalia leaves the reader with unique insight and great respect for our troops, their... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Stephanie
Everyone should have an understanding of what war is really like. Black Hawk Down does a phenomenal job of painting a realistic picture of war.Published 15 days ago by Dennis Johnson
I usually mentioned in my joint reviews comparing the movie to the book that I have a natural bias in favor of the book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Wesley Bob
This was an amazing book. I found it very hard to put down. I would highly recommend it. Lots of detail.Published 23 days ago by Jim Vash
Even though you know the ending of the story, you still want to read to the end.Published 23 days ago by Jacalyn Voigt