Title: Black Hawk Down –  The Extraordinary Story of the Most Dramatic US Military Operation Since Vietnam

Author: Bowden, Mark

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1999

ISBN: 0140288503

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 386 pages

Comments: Late in the afternoon of Sunday, 3 October 1993, 140 elite US soldiers abseiled from helicopters into a teeming market neighbourhood in the heart of the city of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali 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 in a hostile city, fighting for their lives against thousands of heavily armed Somalis.

When the unit was rescued the following morning, 18 American soldiers were dead and more than 70 badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse – more than 500 killed and over 1000 injured. Authoritative, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a minute-by-minute account of modern war.