Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. This is the story of war.
Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.
Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 1993, the soldiers of Task Form Ranger were sent on a mission to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade 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, locked in a desperate struggle to kill or be killed.
When the unit was finally rescued the following morning, 18 American soldiers were dead and dozens more badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse; more than five hundred felled and over a thousand wounded. Award-winning literary journalist Mark Bowden's dramatic narrative captures this harrowing ordeal through the eyes of the young men who fought that day. He draws on his extensive interviews of participants from both sides - as well as classified combat video and radio transcripts - to bring their stories to life.
Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a riveting look at the terror and exhilaration of combat destined to become a classic of war reporting.
©1999 Mark Bowden (P)2012 Simon and Schuster
"Black Hawk Down ranks as one of the best books ever written about infantry combat." (The New York Observer)
Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Absolutely, You can't put it down.
There aren't really characters, they are real people who were interviewed.
The Delta people are the most interesting.
When the cooks, secretaries, mechanics, etc loaded up and headed into Mogadishu. Good reminder of how everyone in the military is ultimately a soldier.
Bookworm, historian, and writer.
Black Hawk Down is one of the great combat narratives of modern times and a tribute to the courage of the men who fought and died in Somalia. Alan Sklar does the book justice with his precise narration. One of my all time favorite books.
The way the author was able to tell both sides of the story
The honesty of the story. All the heroic things plus the mistakes of war
Some of the accents were ridiculous
It's worth a listen. It covers a lot of material that the movie either missed, or wasn't practical to include in the movie format. It's also very complicated. There are a lot of characters that the author discusses. The timeline and chronology of events is pretty confusing in some parts. It's also difficult to understand some of it without looking at a map diagram of the battle.
I was only "satisfied" with the performance by the reader.
Mr Sklar did a reasonably good job but it was difficult differentiating some of the characters
Leave no man behind
Haven't read the print version but don't see how it could be better.
Feeling "with" the soldiers as they were under attack.
A masculine, military-like voice.
Yes, anger at politics in war. Disconnect between those on the ground and those in D.C.
One can mention prostitution without naming each particular sex act and position, and one can write a book on war without using a MULTITUDE of F----k's and blasphemies.
Very informative regarding this war. I felt sorry for both U.S. and Somalia.
Errors made by U.S.
That's hard to tell because that depends on the individual. But the narrator was very good and the book was so well written that you can actually visualize everything happening during the special forces soldiers operation in Mogadishu.
To remind myself the bad decisions of congress
Great listen. This should submit my opinion but u got no easy way to submit it where's the button?
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