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Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
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May 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read in May, 2011

This is a magnificent book about a disastrous situation that developed in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. A force of nearly 100 American soldiers was pinned down by a huge, well-armed mob within the city after successfully capturing two rebel leaders. In the course of the action, locals managed to damage two Black Hawk helicopters sufficiently to cause them to crash within the city. Even the ground troups in Hummvees and trucks had great difficulty moving in the city; many in them were killed or wounded. Most of the force spent the entire night in the city until at dawn a heavily armored force came in to rescue them. Oddly, this action was part of the US effort to feed the people of Somalia. This author transports the reader right into the action. He writes without inserting himself between the reader and the story, which seems to be the reason the telling of it is so gripping.
It was particularly interesting to examine the Black Hawk helicopter at our Air Show this weekend and contemplate the fragile nature of it's tail rotor.
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