BLACK HAWK DOWN
New York : Atlantic Monthly
his non-fiction work, Black Hawk Down, author Mark Bowden uses his journalist's
eyes, nose, and sensibility to illuminate an event important in both US
foreign policy and military history. He captures the points of view of
US commanders and company clerks, Somali shopkeepers and militiamen, in
order to cut through the sometimes esoteric language and policy of military
operations, to unravel the hectic events of the battle in Mogadishu. His
style is neither emotional nor honorific, but it doesn't need to be. The
reader is dropped into the battle on page one and follows the actions of
some of the world's best professional soldiers through what must be described
as a humbling ordeal. Bowden's descriptions of the technical end of the
battle and the politics behind it are educated and well-written, giving
it wide appeal. This is partly a story of heroes and bumblers, but it's
mostly a story of dedicated people, on both sides of the battle, doing
extraordinary things. The book's length, language, and sometimes frightening
content reserve it for the mature reader.
Lisa Maher, Colorado
Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2003)
Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993.
United States. Army. Task Force Ranger -- History.
Aideed, Mohammed Farah.
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