Black Hawk Down
by Mark Bowden
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Already earning its letters of nobility as one of the best combat stories ever written, Black Hawk Down is a minute-per-minute, heart-stopping account of the 1993 raid on Mogadishu, SomaliaLate Sunday afternoon, October 3, 1993, 140 elite American Soldiers double rope from helicopters in a swarming market district in the heart of townTheir mission was to abduct the two main lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to baseHe was supposed to take about an hourInstead, they were placed in a long and terrible night in a hostile city, fighting for their lives against thousands of heavily armed SomalisTwo of their high-tech, helicopters were shot down in the skyWhen the aircraft was rescued the next morning, eighteen American soldiers died and more than seventy were seriously injured.Somali toll is by far the worst – more than five hundred killed and more than a thousand injuredAuthoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is destined to become a classic of war reportingIt is already the most accurate, detailed account of modern combat ever written
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