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The Battle of Mogadishu: Firsthand Accounts from the Men of Task Force Ranger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    All the grit of the battle, straight from the guys who were there.

    Up until the film 'Black Hawk Down' came out, I was ignorant of what happened in Mogadishu in 1993. All I really remembered were some news reports about a captured pilot and American Soldiers being dragged through the streets (I was 14 years old at the time). After seeing the film, I immediately bought the book and read it in one day, soaking up the story like a sponge, and amazed that such fierce combat had taken place in our modern world. Last year, we were treated with the book 'In the Company of Heroes' by Michael Durant, the pilot who was captured. Again, I read the book in a day and soaked up any info I could. The first-hand account was amazing and I loved the way it was written. I thought that it would be really great to hear other first-hand accounts to the soldiers that were there. Yesterday, I walked into B&N and my jaw dropped to the floor... just what I had been looking for, a collection of first hand accounts from the men who were there. The book is a great read and every American should read books like this to truly appreciate what our soldiers do. It's easy to sit back and watch CNN and be an 'armchair general,' but your attitude changes a bit when you read the stories from the soldiers on the ground. They're not just troops... they're fathers, brothers, sons, and friends. They are willing to lay down their lives for the man next to them, and that's more than most people can say. A big 'Thank You' to the men who put this book together, and to the men who fought with them in Mogadishu. The first-hand accounts put you right there in the action in vivid detail. The only thing that could have made this book better would be the satellite images of Mogadishu. The 'zoomed in' images were very grainy and hard to make out, and I have seen much better satellite images of the target area and crash sites than what the book had to offer. Also, an illustration of the target building and chalk locations similar to the one in Black Hawk Down would be helpful to readers unfamiliar with the battle. All in all, this book was great and still earns 5 stars despite the satellite images.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    The first 5 chapters were exciting to read, giving a humble, his

    The first 5 chapters were exciting to read, giving a humble, historical first person account of the events on Oct. 3ed and 4th 1993. True American heroes who suffered through a long and fierce firefight in a county/city where they were surrounded and out numbered. However, because of the true American spirit and a never give up attitude, the men of Task Force Ranger not only prevailed, they won a great battle which politicians promptly gave away.

    That said, the last chapter, “On Friendship and Firefights” by Dan Schilling, was a waist of the English language. By Mr. Schilling’s account, this chapter should have been call, “Those Poor Rangers are Sure Lucky I (A Combat Controller) Was There and Saved Their Pathetic Army Asses.” By Mr. Schilling’s account, he took over the lost convoy from Colonel McKnight and saved everyone. Also, Mr. Schilling believes his training was far superior to the Rangers and Delta Operators and if they had followed Air Force Training things would have gone better. Mr. Schilling uses the word Friendship in the title to his chapter, but it was obvious he was only speaking about the other Air Force Personnel there, not the Task Force. Mr. Schilling could learn from his Air Force Teammate, Tim Wilkinson who was very humble and clearly explained how everyone worked as a team to overcome their situation. I would normally have given this book a 5 star rating, but due to Mr. Schilling’s narcissistic view, I can only give it 2 stars, and that’s being generous.

    I don’t want to take away what Mr. Schilling went through, but it would have been nice if he would have remember there were a lot of other men fighting too and none of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice were combat controllers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    This book is told from different perspectives they are all very

    This book is told from different perspectives they are all very informative but I only found the the part told by Eversman and Kurth exciting the remaining three stories didn't make me stick to the book but like I said still informative  

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