Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War Book ´ 386 pages Download ✓ Mark bowden

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Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War Book ´ 386 pages Download ✓ Mark bowden Õ On October 3 1993 about a hundred US soldiers were dropped by helicopter into a teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu Somalia to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord The action was supposed to tHe action was supposed to take an hour Instead they spent a long and terrible night fighting thousands of armed Somalis By morning eighteen Americans were dead and than seventy bad Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War gives readers an impressively comprehensive look at the deplorably mismanaged US military raid in Mogadishu Somalia on 3 October 1993 99 American troops a force comprised predominately of Army Rangers and Delta Force operators descended on the Bakara Market in order to capture two of Mohamed Farrah Aidid’s valued lieutenants Aidid a former Somali general was head of the formidable Habr Gidr clan then in control of the city To the US as well as various other nations Aidid was nothing than a brutal warlord a man effectively responsible for starving much of the population to death in his merciless bid for power This “snatch and grab” mission expected to take less than an hour resulted in the ferocious 15 hour Battle of Mogadishu the “longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War” The soldiers fought off thousands of armed Somalis confronted by one unanticipated snafu after another including but certainly not limited to the well coordinated RPG attacks that successfully took down multiple US military helicopters Over the course of the fighting 18 American troops and an indeterminate number of Somali citizens were killed Estimates for Somali fatalities vary widely depending on the source and range from hundreds to possibly even thousands of peopleBowden presented this engrossing story to readers in what initially felt like a dizzyingly chaotic manner rapidly shifting back and forth between numerous different eyewitness perspectives Although you do hear from a fair few Somali teenagers civilians and even Habr Gidr clansmen you primarily witness the event through the eyes of the Rangers Delta soldiers and helicopter pilots From ranking officers to lowly privates dozens of their personal stories were includedHeightening this sense of disorienting fragmentation the author freuently interrupted the main narrative to discuss what was by and large rather essential background information During these recurrent asides readers are apprised of the sociopolitical climate in Somalia America’s involvement in the region the backstories of many of the soldiers what Ranger training entails the task force’s procedures tactics and weapons specifications and much much As the story proceeded these often indispensable details were inserted piecemeal in a fractured at times seemingly haphazard fashion So basically in addition to the aforementioned ever shifting POV of the narrative readers must also contend with a slew of overwhelming though immensely illuminating tangents At first I found all this jarring and distracting; whenever the action was put on hold I felt irritated and impatient eager to get back to the story and find out what happened next However I got used to this approach—and even grew to appreciate it—relatively uickly While it appeared blurry and bewildering at first what emerged over time was an assiduously detailed essentially kaleidoscopic study replete with a wealth of fascinating significant facts To give one example of the kind of details I’m talking about here’s a helpful tidbit concerning the rifle and ammunition that were used by many of the men “His weapon was the most sophisticated infantry rifle in the world a customized CAR 15 and he was shooting the army’s new 556 mm green ti

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On October 3 1993 about a hundred US soldiers were dropped by helicopter into a teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu Somalia to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord T ImpressiveAnother example of where the film is not even close to how good the book is this narrative is gripping and very powerfulI had an Army friend who was there in Mogadishu at the time and said that the book was good journalism whereas the film was ridiculous From my perspective the Captain Steele from the book was Colonel Steele commander of the 101st Airborne Rakkasans between 2004 and 2006 while I was in Ira Professional tough guy former University of Georgia bulldog under Vince DooleyThis is of course a journalistic novel by Mark Bowden about the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993 Gritty intense and yet I think objective Bowden’s prose is vibrant and descriptive Bowden avoids sensationalism while still capturing the ugliness of an operation gone very wrong and the human costs associated on both sides

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Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern WarLy injured Mark Bowden's gripping narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern war ever written a riveting story that captures the heroism courage and brutality of batt This is one of those great books that you can't put down; it reads like a novel a fast paced narrative that can sometimes make you forget that it's a true life drama where real people die I enjoyed reading this book and it's nice to see an honest appraisal of a stuffed up mission which was no fault of the men on the ground This is a well presented account of the men of the US Army Rangers and Delta Force troops involved in a mission to capture a pair of high ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid In the end a number of their MH 60 Black Hawk helicopters had been shot down and they were surrounded in a hostile city on the verge of being overrun This is the sort of book that all soldiers and politicians should read for different reasons Well done to the author and the men involved