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DOWNLOAD â Black Hawk Down ¸ ✹ [BOOKS] ✭ Black Hawk Down By Mark Bowden ❃ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk 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 Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in Ninety nine elite American Through the eyes of the young men who fought that day He draws on Black Hawk MOBI #190 his extensive interviews of participants from both sides as well as classified combat video and radio transcripts to bring their stories to life. As is mainly the case these days people will mainly think of the film rather than the originating book when Black Hawk Down is mentioned And as involving and exciting as Ridley Scott's film is the book actually manages to eclipse it Well researched and written with authority it was impossible to put down once the operation has commenced and things start to go wrong Bowden's style puts the reader right next to the heart of the action maintaining momentum by inter cutting between the individual situations of the various characters as they try to get through the mayhem In managing to elicit genuine interest in those characters they are far than military serial numbers Bowden avoids going gung ho and the soldiers are never portrayed as some type of supermen Gripping pacy and thought provoking you certainly don't have to be a committed devotee of military history to enjoy this book

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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 Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu Somalia w. How much good can you do with the point of a gunThis is the uestion that at its heart Black Hawk Down asks and answers The answer Only so muchBlack Hawk Down covers with moment by moment thoroughness the 1993 battle of Mogadishu when a small group of US Rangers and Delta Force soldiers found themselves caught up in a city wide battle during what was meant to be a simple operation to arrest a couple of warlords The US was supposedly on a humanitarian mission in Somalia a humanitarian mission they were carrying out with the aforementioned Rangers and Delta Force troops and one that was terrorizing and alienating the people of Mogadishu who when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down took the opportunity to rise up and strike back at the American soldiers who were supposedly there to help them The result was a multi hour battle in which 18 US soldiers were killed and dozens wounded as well as one of the Black Hawk pilots being taken prisoner and held for days The Somali casualty count was horrifically worse at least 500 Somalis killed many of them women and children although a number of those women and children had taken up arms against the Americans and 1000 woundedThe story is an impressive piece of journalism as Bowden interviewed all the participants and listened to their radio recordings as well as visiting Mogadishu and getting the Somali side as well The result is an incredibly detailed minute by minute story of the multi hour multi part battle in which several rescue missions were sent in after the original force only to get bogged down in heavy fighting as well It can be hard to keep up with the multiple operations told from multiple points of view but that only adds to the fog of war experience that the soldiers had as rescue convoys got lost in the winding city streets and troops on foot got trapped under enemy fire only a few yards from each otherBowden has a taut prose style and the action moves swiftly even though the book is long and dense Some of the sections are fairly graphic especially the descriptions of the injuries that the soldiers sustain so this is not a book for the overly sueamish in case the subject matter didn't make that obvious already Indeed although before I read the book I had only the vaguest outline of what happened I remember the pictures of dead American soldiers being dragged through the streets something that has always made the word Mogadishu synonymous in my mind with brutality Although Black Hawk Down tells the story largely from the American perspective it also includes the perspectives of a number of Somalis who get caught up in the violence as well and explains why they were so angry with what they saw as the American occupationAmerican forces were supposed to get rid of warlords who were in fact starving their own people and put Somalia on the path to democracy But it turned out the people didn't actually want democracy at least not democracy forced on them at gunpoint The Americans had overwhelmingly superior technology and firepower not to mention extensive training and by some measures they won the battle in that they achieved the original aim of the mission and inflicted many casualties than they took But the end result was that they had to pull out and Somalia remained a war torn corrupt country It turns out that all the military might in the world cannot create democracy and a peaceful stable society without soft power diplomacy and a genuine desire on the part of the people to create such a society Unfortunately that lesson was not learned in Somalia or earlier and the same mistakes were repeated all over again in Afghanistan and Ira

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Black Hawk DownIth the US Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firefight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam War Award winning literary journalist Mark Bowden's dramatic narrative captures this harrowing ordeal. I had heard of this author from my mother so decided to track down this audio book as it is another non fiction audio book for my collection It is a very difficult listenit took me four days to listen to as I had to stop listening process what was going onandthen keep listen ing