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  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)

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By: Mark Bowden
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Summary

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. This is the story of war.

Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 1993, the soldiers of Task Form Ranger were sent on a mission to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade 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, locked in a desperate struggle to kill or be killed.

When the unit was finally rescued the following morning, 18 American soldiers were dead and dozens more badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse; more than five hundred felled and over a thousand wounded. Award-winning literary journalist Mark Bowden's dramatic narrative captures this harrowing ordeal through the eyes of the young men who fought that day. He draws on his extensive interviews of participants from both sides - as well as classified combat video and radio transcripts - to bring their stories to life.

Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a riveting look at the terror and exhilaration of combat destined to become a classic of war reporting.

©1999 Mark Bowden (P)2012 Simon and Schuster
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  • Categories: History

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" Black Hawk Down ranks as one of the best books ever written about infantry combat." (The New York Observer)

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out standing loved it best book I've listen to in a while 10/10 amazing ❤

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thrilling, sobering and very insightful!

the extreme danger the men were in is what effected me, and yet giving up was just not an option to these brave and patriotic soldiers.

the blood and gore made my tummy turn! and yet i carried on becuase it was true! these guys got hurt and got hurt REAL bad!

if you are looking through reviews to decide what book to buy with your monthly credit....then look no further! but this one...it is truely epic!

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One of the best modern war accounts.

So much more information than the film and thoroughly broken down into blow by blow detail. Well researched, read and hard to stop listening too. Maybe the best Audible book I’ve listen too! Recommended.

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Gripping account

A gripping telling of the events in Mogadishu. You really get a feel for the people involved and just how desperate the situation was.

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totally enthralling.

from the very start I hated having to turn it off when I had to go do other things, so caught up in what was happening in the moment, I'd seen the film as I'm sure most folk have but compared to the book it fades into a meager story. loved it.

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Brilliantly Insightful

Loved the film, but think I love the book more! So much emotion, you could feel every bullet flying! What those guys went through…..!

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Great story and solid narration

I had seen the movie, this is far better.
The folks who rated this 1-star because they could not follow the different characters probably should have picked a book for junior high kids instead. The narrator makes the story come alive and it’s very easy to follow who is who and where they are.
It’s still a tragic tale of US and UN international strategy going totally awry and creating a situation that was totally avoidable for both sides. The Epilogue is a great summary of where is all went wrong.

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A classic

Read the book, watched the movie. Years later I decided to dive into the audio book. The story itself is an absolute classic. Needless to say Mark Bowdens telling of the story is an important one to consider and Alan Sklar narrates it brilliantly. There are no true winners in war. I feel for everyone who got caught up in this crap-show, especially the innocents and most were just regular Somali's fed-up with foreign soldiers on their turf. HooYa!

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excellent!!

excellent!! very good narration, is hectic in places but you can imagine how hectic is was in the battle, and it gives you a real feel of it.

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Tense and visceral.

A taut and gripping account of war and the people who fight. Mark Bowden has pieced together a phenomenal account of a vicious and hard fought battle that is often seen from both sides.
Black Hawk Down pulls no punches and deserves it's reputation as a definitive account of modern warfare in all its vicious, heart-rending, confusing, heroic, barbarous and fearful detail.
Alan Sklar's performance is spot on. Superb.

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