Black Hawk Down

I’ve been meaning to read “Black Hawk Down” by Mark Bowden for some time. It’s about the military action in Mogadishu in 1993 that resulted in two US helicopters getting shot down and 18 soldiers getting killed in the ensuing entrapment. My friend was there and he told me the book was pretty good and worth reading.

Bowden didn’t spare the messy, gorey, embarrassing details of the battle. Humans and livestock are torn apart, people make fatal mistakes, and so forth. It reads like absolute chaos in the sense that the violence escalated so far and so fast. How Bowden could write a coherent narrative seems beyond me, but his sources are well documented.

Despite the confusion, it’s a good, quick read. You won’t put it down because it’s all action.

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