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Black Hawk Down

A Story of Modern War

Bowden, Mark

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Black Hawk Down
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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.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2010
ISBN: 080214473X
9780802144737
Branch Call Number: 967.73053 B7847b 2010
Characteristics: 396 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm

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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.

The 2003 First Battle of Mogadishu was planned to be a raid lasting under an hour to capture warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The resulting standoff raged through the night, and resulted in capture, injuries, and fatalities for the special forces and soldiers of Task Force Ranger.


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Oct 30, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the BPL Teen Blog on 7/31/2012.

This is the true story of what happened when an elite group of soldiers went into the city of Mogadishu, Somalia in order to capture an enemy. The capture was only supposed to take an hour. Instead, the American troops were surprised by the retaliation of Somalian people unwilling to let their leader go. The American soldiers were trapped, pinned down in several different areas of the city while a ground transport convoy wandered, lost, and getting torn to shreds trying to find them. Meanwhile, two Black Hawk helecopters were downed by RPGs, and no one in the air command could help ground troops get to them in time.

At times this mission seemed like a black comedy when nothing was going right. In the middle of the night, many hours after the mission was supposed to have ended, the ground forces were trying to meet up. Yet, they couldn’t find each other, feeling like each group were miles away even though they were actually sometimes only as far away as a few feet, separated by a simple concrete wall. This was a fantastic read, that had me riveted all the way though. I shook my head at the black comedy, frustrated that nothing was going right. Bowden made sure you felt each death as if these men in uniform were your own best friends. He writes in an afterword, published in 2010, that he meant to write the book as if it were the men themselves telling the story. He wanted to take himself out of the picture entirely, and I think he did a fantastic job. It was the right way to tell the story of these guys. But, not only does he tell the American side, he also went to Mogadishu and interviewed several locals to get their side of the story.

All I can really say is… wow. What a terrifying, comedic, brutal, truthful book. All I can say is, if you like reading about the military, or you’re thinking of joining, definitely read this book first. This does not diminish the truth of war by any stretch of the imagination.

Jun 26, 2013
  • Wolffe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Epic
Non stop action
Tells how war really is

Mar 23, 2013
  • MissGory rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome. I loved this book, and it was a great read. I recommend it for people looking for this kind of stuff. Five stars! It's a bit gritty at points but it's by far one of the best war books I've ever read.

Mar 04, 2013
  • cobragunship rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An awesome book full of action and acts of bravery as Task Force Ranger was badly out numbered and didn't have the proper air support. Another example of some general far from the bullets deciding AC-130 Spectre Gunships would not be required despite the fact the mission was their first in daylight and in the heart of a hostile city. Recommended!

Dec 21, 2008
  • 21288004246712 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

way too many names and people

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Oct 30, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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