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 US 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 was send 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,
eighteen 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. Download and start listening now!