Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

By Mark Bowden

The acclaimed New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down is "a stunning account of contemporary struggle . . . gripping and horrifying" (San Francisco Chronicle)

Destined to turn into a vintage of conflict reporting, Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden's marvelous account of the longest sustained firefight concerning American troops because the Vietnam struggle. On October third, 1993, a couple of hundred elite U.S. infantrymen have been dropped by means of helicopter into the teeming marketplace within the middle of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their project used to be to abduct most sensible lieutenants of a Somali warlord and go back to base. It used to be presupposed to take an hour. as an alternative they discovered themselves pinned down via a protracted and poor evening battling opposed to millions 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 documents, audiotapes, and video clips (some of the fabric remains to be classified), Bowden's minute-by-minute narrative is among the most enjoyable money owed of recent wrestle ever written--a riveting tale that captures the heroism, braveness, and brutality of battle.

"Black Hawk Down ranks among the finest books ever written approximately infantry strive against. . . . A descendent of books like The Killer Angels and We have been infantrymen 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 via Norman Mailer, or The issues They Carried, by means 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 . . . some of the most excessive, visceral studying reviews 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 offered the out of the country Press Club's Hal Boyle Award for top overseas reporting

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BACK IN THE CITY, at Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann's intersection, things continued to go wrong for Chalk Four. First Blackburn had fallen out of the helicopter. Then they had roped in well off target. And now they were pinned down on Hawlwadig Road, a block north of their proper position at the northwest corner of the target block. Two of Eversmann's men, Sgt. Scott Galentine and Sgt. Jim Telscher, were crouched behind cars across the street. For some reason, the steady gunfire didn't frighten Galentine.

And now they were pinned down on Hawlwadig Road, a block north of their proper position at the northwest corner of the target block. Two of Eversmann's men, Sgt. Scott Galentine and Sgt. Jim Telscher, were crouched behind cars across the street. For some reason, the steady gunfire didn't frighten Galentine. It turned him giddy. He was goofing with Telscher, making faces and grinning, as rounds kicked up dirt between them, shattering the windows and blowing out the tires of the cars. Telscher was a sight.

The crash site was about a mile from the commandos and Rangers on the ground near the downtown target site. Durant had been shot down while taking the place of Cliff Wolcott's Blackhawk, which had crashed only a few blocks from the American troops. The only airborne search-and-rescue team had already fast-roped down to Wolcott's bird, so there would be no easy way to reinforce Durant's crash site. If there had been an irremediable flaw in this mission, it was this lack of a second rescue force.

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