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Black Hawk Down

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Already winning acclaim as one of the best accounts of combat ever written, Black Hawk Down is a minute-by-minute, heart-stopping account of the 1993 raid on Mogadishu, Somalia. Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3 1993, 140 elite US Soldiers abseiled from helicopters into a teeming market neighbourhood in the heart of the city. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali 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 in a hostile city, fighting for their lives against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. Two of their high-tech helicopters were shot out of the sky. When the unit was rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and more than seventy badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse - more than five hundred killed and over a thousand injured. Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is destined to become a classic of war reporting. It is already the most accurate, detailed account of modern combat ever written.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 106 x 178 x 34mm | 300g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film Tie-In
  • illustrations, maps, portraits
  • 0552999652
  • 9780552999656
  • 31,793

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"Rip-roaring stuff, with one of the most gruesome battlefield wound treatments ever committed to paper" Maxim "One of the most electrifying, immediate and detailed accounts of a single battle every told... the whole 24-hour nightmare seems like it's happening to you" Latershow more

About Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is the author of Bringing the Heat and Doctor Dealer. He has been a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for eighteen years and has won many national awards for his writing. He has also written for Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Parade and other magazines.show more

Back cover copy

Now a stunning film directed by Ridley Scott starring Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett, Sam Shepard and Ioan Gruffudd. Late in the afternoon of Sunday, 3 October 1993, 140 elite US soldiers abseiled from helicopters into a teeming market neighbourhood in the heart of the city of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali 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 in a hostile city, fighting for their lives against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. When the unit was rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and more than seventy badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse - more than five hundred killed and over a thousand injured. Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a heart-stopping, minute-by-minute account of modern war and is destined to become a classic of war reporting.show more

Review Text

"One of the most electrifying, immediate and detailed accounts of a single battle every told... the whole 24-hour nightmare seems like it's happening to you"show more

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2 2% (768)
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