Topics: United States Army, Somali people, Black Hawk Down Pages: 2 (728 words) Published: June 18, 2013
Raniece Brown
Mr. Ramey
U.S History 1102
Book Report


Destines to become a classic of war reporting, black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden’s brilliant account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993 about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopters into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two tops lieutenants of a Somalia warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy badly injured. “Bowden Captures the essence of combat the sights and sounds, the terror and the determination, the sheer will to survive.

The Black Hawk Down is a story created by Mark Bowden; the story is a war/action Drama Story about Soldiers/ Rangers who were supposed to only pick up two top Lieutenants of Somalia which they hoped would be an easy task. Soldiers, lieutenants, rangers and pilots were like family they knew each other like brothers some of them were just trained and some were just leaving high school. Through all the people during the story the main Eversmann, PFC Todd, Busch, Blackburn, Smith, Atto, Pilla, and Garrison. When they finally arrived to Somalia they didn’t think they would be there forever later the people in Somalia started to fight back with more bombs and guns which shocked the Americans because more people on the Americans side were being injured, killed. The Somalia was using their own woman for safety they would hide in front of woman so the Americans would not shoot them. Things didn’t get that bad in till the Helicopter was shot down things started to get real, two helicopters were dropped to the ground only one helicopters made it safe to land, which was good but also bad because the Somalia people were...
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