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This is military writing at its breathless best. Bowden (Bringing the Heat) has used his journalistic skills to find and interview key participants on both sides of the. Mark Bowden's ''Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War'' is a minute-by-minute reconstruction of the climactic battle in the short, ill-fated. Interview: 'Black Hawk Down' Author Mark Bowden on his new book Author Mark Bowden discusses the Vietnam War and his new book Hue.


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More than Somalis -- not all of them, by any means, combatants -- were killed, among more than a thousand casualties.

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Bowden, a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, was not in Mogadishu at the time. Neither were any other American reporters.

But his account, built on interviews with battle participants and Army records, has great immediacy nevertheless. It also has a publishing prehistory worth noting.

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It first appeared as a part series in The Inquirer, then became a multimedia phenomenon: All this was posted more than a year ago. It was not book publicity. That is yet to come. Much of the book feels camera-ready as is. For the first time in the ordeal he felt panic.

He thought he must be lapsing into shock. He saw a little Somali boy black hawk down mark boden looked no more than 5 years old with an AK, shooting it wildly from the hip, bright flashes from the muzzle of the gun.

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Somebody shot the boy and his legs flew up into the air, as though he had slipped on marbles, and he landed flat on his back. It happened like a slow-motion sequence in a movie, or a dream.

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The D-boy driving, Foreman, was a helluva shot. He had his weapon in one hand and the steering wheel in the other.

Spalding saw him gun down three Somalis without black hawk down mark boden slowing down. Liebling to Michael Herr, is entirely absent from ''Black Hawk Down'' -- it makes up in pure narrative drive. Thankfully, Bowden provides useful glosses of the politics, both local and international, and the strategic reasoning if that's the right term that brought a humanitarian mission to such a bloody pass.

Without this context, the battle itself would make no sense at all. BOOK EXCERPT "As the helicopter force swept in over it, gliding back in from the ocean and then banking right and sprinting northeast along the city's western edge, Mogadishu spread beneath them in its awful reality, a catastrophe, the world capital of things-gone-completely-to-hell.

It was as if the city black hawk down mark boden been ravaged by some fatal urban disease.

BLACK HAWK DOWN MARK BODEN PDF

He sees the Mogadishu engagement as a portent of a disturbing future. The soldiers' mission was to seize two lieutenants of a powerful Somali warlord. He did extensive research in US Army records, interviewed participants from black hawk down mark boden sides of the conflict, reviewed footage recorded by observation aircraft, and recordings of radio traffic.

BLACK HAWK DOWN MARK BODEN PDF

Before the book was published, Bowden's series had already begun to attract attention within the media. The United Nations later arranged a US-led intervention, with a mandate to engage in state building and encourage the militias to share power and begin to form a new government.

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They used to kid Randy Shughart because he shunned the modern rifle and ammunition and carried a Vietnam era M, which shot a 7. It black hawk down mark boden to Howe as he saw those Sammies keep on running that Randy was the smartest soldier in the unit.

His rifle may have been heavier and comparatively awkward and delivered a mean recoil, but it damn sure knocked a man down with one bullet, and in combat, one shot was often all you got.