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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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