I know it's a cliché, but in this instance, it's so true. The book is better than the movie. The movie is great. I saw it years ago and really enjoyed it. I didn't recall it scene by scene, nor did I remember the names of the soldiers involved. I just recalled how powerful the story was. I came across a Quora post about the two Delta guys who tried to support the second downed Black Hawk, and it pushed me to buy the book. The book is incredibly fast paced and it delivers multiple perspectives on events going on through the entire battle. There is so much more detail in the book, valuable detail and insight. It's almost a shame that the movie had to gloss over a lot of it just to make it into a reasonable feature-length piece. It is somewhat hard to follow each soldier by name, but this almost plays into the story or the "fog of war" idea, especially when you consider the 100+ men who were involved. That said, the main players are clear and you definitely gather the key events. I am 245 pages in and I could see that I will most likely revisit this book in the future.
If you are here and reading this review. Buy it. I bought mine used, hard cover and it is worth every penny.
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Hard to put down17 July 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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Inside the hearts and minds of some of our military heroes.5 June 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
I loved reading what goes through the hearts and minds of our heroes in battle. This group came to my hometown Memorial Day 2006 to honor SSG Randy Shughart, the last man standing defending the pilot until he (Randy) was killed and his body mutilated and dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. He was from my town and our post office is dedicated to him. Hard to put down.
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I think the author did a fantastic job in acquiring information through interviews and documents and putting in them into a book, especially where the information was a little hard to obtain. I like that the author gives a detailed overview of the battle and what was going through the soldier's mind at that time. However, the only thing that made me confused a little bit is about the orientation. It was hard, at least for me, to know where the soldiers where without looking at a map, and also , the story involves so many people that I sometimes I did not remember all of them, and what their responsibilities of each were
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Brutally honest30 March 2021 - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my favorite war books but it is a tragic story. I can't imagine what those soldiers went through during that battle. Mark Bowden does a good job of describing all of the details no matter how gruesome they are and I think that is part of what makes this book so good. The true story of what happened that day needs to be told and the courage those men had throughout the whole situation and the loss they suffered. Unfiltered and raw.
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Excellent read!! The most captivating book I've read and it was true! Read details I never knew about and learned exactly what those brave soldiers went through.Stayed awake late many nights because I couldn't put it down
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