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The Battle of Mogadishu: First Hand Accounts From the Men of Task Force Ranger

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“No matter how skilled the writer of nonfiction, you are always getting the story secondhand. Here’s a chance to go right to the source. . . . These men were there.”
–MARK BOWDEN (from the Foreword)

It started as a mission to capture a Somali warlord. It turned into a disastrous urban firefight and death-defying rescue operation that shocked the world and rattled a great na
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Published August 3rd 2004 by Presidio Press (first published 2004)
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I was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, with the 82nd Airborne Division when this battle occurred. What shocked me at the time was how little we were told about it other than what we saw on TV. There was never any “lessons learned” that came out of it that made it down to the sergeant level. So, when Blackhawk Down was published I bought it immediately and read it in a week. I had already left the Army after eight years in the infantry because I realized that the Army was floundering. I remember wish ...more
Daniel Foote
This book is about the Task forces rangers in the gulf war. This tells the story first hand about the experences that those men face in the battle of Mogadishu. The mission that the book talks about the popular movie "Blackhawk Down".
There are many people in this book. Like Matt Eversmann and Dan Schilling. Which are the other of this book. They served during this period of time of Battle of Mogadishu. The mood of this book is sometimes sad becauses Matt and Dan's Friends die on this mission.
This actually gives you a first hand account of the war in Somalia. I mean, i know Bowden's story did, but this was written by the soldiers who actually were there. I believe that this book is an amazing story of the war, the soldiers' personal lives and how they responded to crazy events. For instance, when Sgt. Eversmann had seen Blackburn fall from the black hawk after an RPG almost hit them, he had panicked, his first time leading a chalk and he already had a possible K.I.A. He also panicked ...more
Really interesting to read different perspectives on this battle. These personal narratives answered some questions left by the book "Black Hawk Down." Not as cohesive as the Mark Bowden version but filled in a lot of holes. I liked Dan Schillings account the best mainly because it explained the convoy issues and experiences very well. I think for many people it seems to be the most confusing aspect of the entire event and probably generates the most questions. For me the convoy has always been ...more
Anne Ward
The men that served in The Battle of Mogadishu went to hell and back in a twenty four hour window. Their first hand accounts as stand alone pieces are poignant and hard hitting. As a compilation the book could have been stronger if it had included pieces from multiple chalks, CSAR, and Delta Force.

Four Stars: Eye opening accounts of the Battle of Mogadishu. Stronger diversity among the pieces could have made this book a five star read.
I found many aspects of this book interesting, especially in regards to technology and modern military strategy. However, the authors weren't very good writers and their "style", kind of wore me down.
Julian Tan
As a collection of stories about that particular event, it achieved its purpose. As a cohesive historical documentary, it was less than successful.
If you've read Black Hawk down, then you should read this book. It's personal accounts of what happened from the men who were THERE.
Aug 29, 2008 Shelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves books about war.
This book was very good. It is interesting to hear about war through a real soldiers eyes. One of my faves!
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