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In The Company Of Heroes

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  2,585 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Piloting a U.S. Army Special Operations Blackhawk over Somalia, Michael Durant was shot down with a rocket-propelled grenade on October 3, 1993. With devastating injuries, he was taken prisoner by a Somali warlord. With revealing insight and emotion, he tells the story of what he saw, how he survived, and the courage and heroism that only soldiers under fire could ever kno...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Signet (first published 2003)
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Donald Plugge

Michael J Durant's personal story of survival provides only brief back story before delving into the actual battle. The account is told mainly as a first person narrative describing his experience with a limited number of broad picture overviews of the entire battle. He describes what happened to him. If you'd like a complementary and complete overview of the mission, read "Black Hawk Down" by Mark Bowden.

Once Michael's Black Hawk Super Six Four is hit in the tail by an RPG, you go directly into...more
Laura Leaney
This was, for the most part, an interesting straightforward account of Michael Durant's time in the military, focusing primarily on the downing of his Blackhawk over Mogadishu, Somalia, and his time spent in captivity as a prisoner of the Somali warlord Mohamed Aidid. What I liked about the book was the rather no-nonsense clarity of it. The big picture - especially America's involvement in Somalia - was (except for Durant's negative opinions regarding the Clinton administration) omitted. This wa...more
Marcee
Jul 03, 2007 Marcee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Military History
Shelves: recommended
This book is about Michael J Durrant. He is a pilot with the 160th SOAR or the Night Stalkers as they are known in the military. They are special forces helicopter pilots and are considered the "best of the best" as far as aviators are concerned. This book deals specifically with the events featured in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down".

Michael Durrant is the pilot of one of the two blackhawk helicopters that were shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia in October of 1993. He is the only survior of...more
Michael Mcclelland
The movie Black Hawk Down portrayed a battle in the streets of Mogadishu between American forces and those of Somali warlords. Perhaps better than in any other film was its capture of modern urban warfare. Even more terrifying to some though, was its display of U.S. combat failure. Whilst the battle may have been indeterminant in "the war", and casualties massively higher on the Somalian side, to the US public - seeing the partially dismembered corpses of American soldiers dragged triumphantly t...more
Jerome
I had been looking forward to this book for some time but it didn't live up to my expectations. If you're looking for a book about Mike's life as an SOF pilot then this does the job quite well. If, like myself, you're expecting a balanced account of Mike's experience in Somalia, you may be let down.
About half the book is taken up with anecdotes and memories that have nothing to do with Somalia. That's no big deal as it is still an interesting read, but the description on the back cover doesn't p...more
Lexie Robinson Austin
Great book, great story, solid writing.

Okay, so here's one of my deep dark secrets: secretly, I really love army action movies like Black Hawk Down (my husband loves this about me). I'm a big fan of the movie. I always knew that I lived in the same town as Michael Durant, however until I was reviewing pictures of Facebook of a local speaking engagement he gave, I never realized that he had written a book about his time behind enemy lines in Mogadishu. I immediately put it on hold at the Library....more
Paula
Disclosure: Mike Durant is a personal friend.

The truth behind the movie Black Hawk Down, with the incredible true story by Mike Durant.

If you saw the movie Black Hawk Down, you may recall the name of the man that they would not leave behind: Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Durant. If you watched national news broadcasts in October 1993, you saw the battered face of Michael Durant. America watched with shock as he was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.

The hostilities in Somalia have b...more
Danielle
I read this book after reading Black Hawk Down (which in spite of it's lengthiness I was glued to). This book had the same effect on me, this book pulls you in and doesn't let go till the ride is over. Recommended for anyone who enjoys non-fiction,especially military fiction, or anyone who should pull their head out of the sand and learn about what really happened in Somalia 1993 and the sacrifices these heroic men made.
Simon
I had friends in Mogadishu in October 1993 when the 'Blackhawk Down' incident, in which Mike Durant was shot down and captured, occured and so I have had a bit of an personal interest in the battle. In 2000, another friend attended a RAND urban ops seminar where some of the survivors of the battle also participated - he came home, having read Mark Bowden's 'Blackhawk Down' on the plane home, and told us all to buy a copy and read it. In 2002, Ridley Scott's movie of the same name came out. For m...more
Rowan
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Oceana2602
Remember when I finished "Bye-bye baby" and promised NOT to watch JAG again, no matter how much I wanted to after looking at all those pretty, pretty F-14s?

Well, I lied.

Shame on me. I'm currently in the middle of season 8 of JAG, and, as always, watching the shiny, happy world of JAG, makes me want to read some real stories, to remind myself that the world isn't such a shiny, happy place after all, and also I am an unapologetic and hopeless hero-worshipper. Hence, JAG. It's really coompletely ri...more
David
Since I'm a fan of Black Hawk Down I had to read this just to get a singular account. Michael Durant was the surviving Black Hawk pilot who was taken and held captive from the crash site in Somalia. He gave a good account of what he went through with the kidnapping and how he got back, and also gave a good history of his company and the action he had seen since he had been flying. The one thing he reveals in this book that I will never forget is the horror of what happened when the mob of angry...more
Chase
This is an extremely well written story, especially for a man who was never a writer by profession. I think he really captured the emotions he was feeling, and was highly effective at conveying those emotions to the reader. I found myself laughing out loud at his jokes, sniffling and fighting back tears when his hopes were dashed, puffing out my chest with pride at being an American because of his portrayal of the comeradere of the boys in green. It was a great story.
The only thing I would like...more
Stacy
Ever since reading Black Hawk Down, I've wanted to know more about SOAR and Mike Durant. This book gave me exactly that! I'm looking forward to reading more books about SOAR and also Mike Durant's other book. It's hard to say I loved this book because the material is tough and emotional reading at times, but definitely worth reading. Mike Durant is certainly a stronger person than I am - I can't imagine living through captivity like that with the injuries he had sustained in the crash! I loved t...more
Chad
Very well written, detailed story of the events leading up to, the capture of Blackhawk pilot Micheal Durant. This is the third book I've read dealing with the details of the Battle of Mogadishu, and by far the best. Very humanized version written by a very professional man who was loyal to and cared deeply about his military family.

This book is riveting and you sometimes feel you are right there with him. The only difference is, unless you were, you have no idea what he went through. One can o...more
john d chontos
An eye opening book about the unseen side of a dirty war.

An eye opening book about the unseen side of a dirty war.

I very much enjoyed reading about the heroics of Durant and his comrades. His experiences and survival trials are the heart of the book.
Rich Finnigan
This was suggested to me by a gentleman at work. It's Durant's writing so don't expect some major novelist's work. It is to the point. It talks of the time in Somalia as well as some of his history prior to his tour. I liked the book and I tip my hat to CW4 Durant and all his comrades.
Chuck
I am not a particular fan of military books, but since I had read and enjoyed Mark Bowden's "Black Hawk Down", I decided that I would give this book a try. It is written by Michael Durant who was the pilot and only survivor of his shot down attack helicopter in Mogadishu, Somali in 1993. It is, of course, the story of the crash, the capture, his extensive injuries, his dealing with the Somali warlords, the filth, the anger and the politics of his situation. The wonderfully intersting part of the...more
Charles Blumberg
Very interesting story about Michael Durant's captivity in Somalia, how learning "you will show respect" from POW training helped safe his life, his cordial relationship with his captor, and even some bizarre if not comical situations in one of the poorest of places. If you have read "Black Hawk Down", this gives another perspective to story of that day and week in Somalia.
Lisa
May 15, 2013 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have read "Black Hawk Down" (context needed.)
Shelves: history, military, memoir
August 2010: I found this a much slower read than "Black Hawk Down," "Platoon Leader," or "House to House." But, I really liked it a lot.
NEW 5/15/13: Honestly, almost three years later, what I most remember about this book is how Michael was essentially dying and having flashbacks of an old girlfriend. Having never been married, and having to listen to my church Pastor constantly put down ex-girlfriends and advise men to think of them as "dodged bullets" and such, it makes me feel a little bette...more
Joseph
A real good book that really does compliment Black Hawk Down. It is about the pilot Durant that is captured by the milita. It is almost a biography of his military history though as it describes a lot of his expriences that are used when he was captured. I liked it a lot and would have maybe given it 5 stars but his loose talk or comments on everything seem to take away from the book a little bit. I understand why he is going it. He is treating the book as more of a conversation to the readers,...more
Tanya
An amazing story about survival and a true American hero. Some parts were a bit slow, but overall I liked it.
Joe K
In The Company Of Heroes

This book is one that opens the eyes of those who believe war is stories of heroes who fight in battles and come out with not a scratch upon them. That only those stories are told by those who are skilled, but most of the reason they will survive is luck. It tells a story of bravery and survival from the man who literally endured hell on earth. This is a great book, especially to those who enjoy war stories. I would recommend it to anyone who is considering joining any of...more
Chrissy
This was a really good first-hand account of the experiences of Mike Durant during his capture and captivity in Somalia after his Blackhawk went down. Durant doesn't shy away from telling it like it is/how he saw it. The author also gives you glimpses into the Night Stalkers and their intense camraderie which I really enjoyed. I did read Black Hawk Down before reading this book and would encourage other readers to do that as well because it gives you good context as to what was going on. I would...more
Kelsha
The "Black Hawk Down" story from the view point of Micheal Durant. Durant was a blackhawk pilot who was shot down in Somalia and eventually captured. His back was broken and his leg was broken. Durant tells the story of his capture and captivity with a suprizing amount of humor, compassion, and raw truth. As war biographies go, this is one of the best I have ever read. Of course there is a great deal of action and pain that must be told, but Durant focuses on the character attributes of himself...more
Keith
Most people are somewhat familiar with the story of Blackhawk Down as both a book and a major film. Here, is preserved the autobiography of the man who survived the crash of his helicopter and was captured by the Somali militants. Durant keeps the story alive and interesting as he moves between his experience in captivity and the story of his life that brought him to and prepared him for this ordeal. Gives a completely different perspective from the broad overviews given in Blackhawk Down. Would...more
Maria
This book increased the appreciation I have for those who serve in our military. It was interesting to hear Durant recall his experience and I would like to read "Blackhawk Down" and learn of the experience of everyone else on that fateful day in October. I could not give this book five stars because there were too many times that I found that vocabulary inconsistent as if a thesarus was used as an afterthought to edit. I also have to admit that I was disappointed to learn that his marriage ende...more
Jeff
One of my favorite books of all time. Once I got into it I couldn't put it down. It's the real life story of the guy who they made the movie Blackhawk Down after. There's a lot of really great info about what it's like to be a military helicopter pilot and then the story about his captivity is just amazing. I haven't seen the movie but I understand there were some liberties taken with it to make it more interesting for Hollywood so even if you've seen the movie I think this book will be worth th...more
Erick Burnham
Written with honesty and humility, "In the Company of Heroes" serves as a tribute to the men who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu. Mr. Durant spends most of his time describing how the support of his family and comrades helped him through his ordeal after being captured by a militant clan after his helicopter had been shot down during a U.S. raid in Mogadishu, Somalia. While he makes no effort to highlight it, the story also shows his dedication, courage and strength of character.
Stan Crader
I had the honor of hearing Michael Durant speak this past winter. I already knew of the story; I watched it unfold on TV. But meeting the only survivor of Black Hawk Down, was moving. In his book, Durant tells of the training and proficiency necessary to make the 160th. And he shares of the bravery of the men lost in a mission that was doomed to fail before it began. Readers of this book will never view a Blackhawk helicopter, or the men that ride and fly in them the same way.
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