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Bowden, Mark.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999. 
ISBN 0871137380
In his non-fiction work, Black Hawk Down, author Mark Bowden uses his journalist's eyes, nose, and sensibility to illuminate an event important in both US foreign policy and military history. He captures the points of view of US commanders and company clerks, Somali shopkeepers and militiamen, in order to cut through the sometimes esoteric language and policy of military operations, to unravel the hectic events of the battle in Mogadishu. His style is neither emotional nor honorific, but it doesn't need to be. The reader is dropped into the battle on page one and follows the actions of some of the world's best professional soldiers through what must be described as a humbling ordeal. Bowden's descriptions of the technical end of the battle and the politics behind it are educated and well-written, giving it wide appeal. This is partly a story of heroes and bumblers, but it's mostly a story of dedicated people, on both sides of the battle, doing extraordinary things. The book's length, language, and sometimes frightening content reserve it for the mature reader.
Lisa Maher, Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2003)
SUBJECTS:     Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993.
                        United States. Army. Task Force Ranger -- History.
                        Aideed, Mohammed Farah.


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