Black Hawk Down Essay

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Black Hawk Down A Story Of Modern War

Mark Bowden is a teacher, columnist for Atlantic Monthly, playwright, and a writer. His book Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War a world wide bestseller that spent more than a year in the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Bowden also worked on the script for Black Hawk Down, a film version of the book, directed by Ridley Scott. Bowden is also the writer of the bestseller Killing Pablo The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw in 2001, which tells the story of the hunt for Colombian drug lord billionaire Pablo Escobar. He is the author of Doctor Dealer published in 1987, Bringing the Heat made in1994, Our Finest Day made in 2002, and also Finders Keepers 2002. Bowden writes for to major American magazines often. He is also an add-on professor at Loyola College, where he teaches creative writing and journalism. He was born In St. Louis, Missouri, in 1951 and Bowden grew up in Maryland where he attended Loyola College and graduated with a B.A in English.

Sources (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bowden, His novel, http://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm?author_number=1305, and http://www.amazon.ca/Killing-Pablo-Mark-Bowden/dp/0142000957)

March in 1994, U.S. troops on a hopeless humanitarian mission pulled out of Mogadishu, Somalia. A few Americans realize that during this mission, U.S. troops had the most continuous and gruesome battle fought by American’s since the Vietnam War. The afternoon of October 3rd, 1993, soldiers of Task Force Ranger, and Delta Force were sent to capture two lieutenants of a rebel Somalian warlord and return to base. This mission was supposed to take 30 min, but instead, the soldiers were pinned down in the middle of Mogadishu market and in a desperate effort of kill or be killed. For about 20 hours, U.S. soldiers created a bloody firefight that resulted in 19 American fatalities and the death of 1000 Somali fighters. Black Hawk Down tells the story of that desperate battle, from all angles of the war.

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