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BLACK HAWK DOWN: A Story of Modern War

Bowden, Mark

ISBN 10: 0871137380 / ISBN 13: 9780871137388
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999
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Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. This is the story of how they got there.and how they got out. Basis for acclaimed movie. Beautiful copy, so tightly bound it seems unread, no names or markings, a stated first edition with a full number row. The DJ is also very fine, bright, clean, not price clipped, not edgeworn, protected by mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 002934

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Title: BLACK HAWK DOWN: A Story of Modern War

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Cloth/boards HB

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Edition: First Edition

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A searing portrayal of modern warfare 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. 75,000 first printing. Tour.

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Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a strikingly detailed account of the 1993 nightmare operation in Mogadishu that left 18 American soldiers dead and many more wounded. This early foreign-policy disaster for the Clinton administration led to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and a total troop withdrawal from Somalia. Bowden does not spend much time considering the context; instead he provides a moment-by-moment chronicle of what happened in the air and on the ground. His gritty narrative tells of how Rangers and elite Delta Force troops embarked on a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid only to find themselves surrounded in a hostile African city. Their high-tech MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters had been shot down and a number of other miscues left them trapped through the night. Bowden describes Mogadishu as a place of Mad Max-like anarchy--implying strongly that there was never any peace for the supposed peacekeepers to keep. He makes full use of the defense bureaucracy's extensive paper trail--which includes official reports, investigations, and even radio transcripts--to describe the combat with great accuracy, right down to the actual dialogue. He supplements this with hundreds of his own interviews, turning Black Hawk Down into a completely authentic nonfiction novel, a lively page-turner that will make readers feel like they're standing beside the embattled troops. This will quickly be realized as a modern military classic. --John J. Miller

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