Black Hawk Down

  • by Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by Alan Sklar
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. This is the story of war.
Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.
Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 1993, the soldiers of Task Form Ranger were sent on a mission to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take them about an hour. Instead, they were pinned down through a long and terrible night, locked in a desperate struggle to kill or be killed.
When the unit was finally rescued the following morning, 18 American soldiers were dead and dozens more badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse; more than five hundred felled and over a thousand wounded. Award-winning literary journalist Mark Bowden's dramatic narrative captures this harrowing ordeal through the eyes of the young men who fought that day. He draws on his extensive interviews of participants from both sides - as well as classified combat video and radio transcripts - to bring their stories to life.
Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a riveting look at the terror and exhilaration of combat destined to become a classic of war reporting.


What the Critics Say

"Black Hawk Down ranks as one of the best books ever written about infantry combat." (The New York Observer)


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Customer Reviews

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A Modern Classic

Black Hawk Down is one of the great combat narratives of modern times and a tribute to the courage of the men who fought and died in Somalia. Alan Sklar does the book justice with his precise narration. One of my all time favorite books.
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- Iain "Bookworm, historian, and writer."

Excellent "page turner"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, You can't put it down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There aren't really characters, they are real people who were interviewed.

The Delta people are the most interesting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the cooks, secretaries, mechanics, etc loaded up and headed into Mogadishu. Good reminder of how everyone in the military is ultimately a soldier.

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- Amazon Customer "Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio