Mogadishu!

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Overview

Every American should read this book in order to gain a clear insight about military combat and war.

From the foreword by Ross Perot

Recommended for readers who enjoy suspenseful accounts of close combat.

Publishers Weekly

Most Americans remember…the two troubling televised images that follwed [the operation]….But there is more about that day that is told in this book and that should be known by Americans.

The Wall Street Journal

Among America's clearest memories of ongoing conflict in Somalia will certainly be the swollen, bloodied face of helicopter pilot Michael Durant, displayed on the international television news reports after his capture in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. While the failed mission leading to Durant's imprisonment captured the rage and anguish of the world, few Americans truly understood how many U.S. Army Ranger compatriots shared Durant's fortitude and courage there. Indeed, Durant was only one member of the elite Task Force Ranger Regiment deployed to apprehend Mohammed Farrah Aidid, Somailia's most powerful warlord on the fateful October day.

Here is the little-known story of the 15 fierce, deadly hours of fighting that followed the Americans tightly calibrated attempt to target Aidid. Moment by moment, Mogahishu! recounts how this mission, intended to deflate the heart of Somali resistance, became instead a tragic showcase for the heroism and breathtaking self-sacrifice of the American servicement—and the catalyst of U.S. withdrawal of peacekeeping troops. Mogadishu! reveals while the operation produced on the most decorated military units in American history, it cost 18 of America's best-trained servicemen their lives. Using rare testimony from other military personnel, Kent DeLong offers the first complete account of how these Americans died, not for glory but for each other, far from their loved ones in a God-forsaken place called Mogadishu.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Recommended for readers who enjoy suspenseful accounts of close combat.

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Publishers Weekly

Most Americans remember . . . the two troubling televised images that followed [the operation] . . . But there is much more about that day that is told in this book and that should be known by Americans.

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The Wall Street Journal

His dissection of the operation's disappointing results, and his suggestions about how American efforts might have been more effective, should stimulate pointed discussion at a time when the Congress is shying away from humanitarian and military commitments overseas.

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The Stars and Stripes

…the authors make each man a real human being and each loss its own tragedy. They also demonstrate what every soldier and marine knows, combat is very personal….This little action in Somalia is like so many others that go unnoticed in the great wars of our time. It was fierce and confused and painful. This is the value of this account.

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Military and Naval History Forum Pr

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The plan was to capture the top lieutenants of Somali warlord Muhammad Aidid, whose gunmen had been killing soldiers of the U.N. peacekeeping force. But the mission started unraveling when two U.S. Army helicopters crashed in the streets of Mogadishu. DeLong (War Heroes) and California journalist Tuckey's hair-raising narrative focuses on the ad hoc formation of successive rescue missions that were in turn ambushed by Aidid's followers and menaced by crowds that turned into howling mobs. Before it was over, 18 GIs had been killed. This detailed account of the action of Oct. 3-4, 1993, shows that practically everything that could go wrong did, despite outstanding leadership and troop performance. The authors deliver a stinging rebuke to former Defense Secretary Les Aspin for denying field commanders' requests for armored equipment. Recommended for readers who enjoy suspenseful accounts of close combat. Illustrations. (Dec.)
Booknews
A sensationalized account of the US military's October 1993 mission to capture Mohammed Farrah Aidid and his top lieutenants. Based largely on the testimony of military personnel, the book recounts in detail the action of October 3-4 with a focus on the bravery and heroics of the American servicemen, particularly the 18 men tragically killed. B&w photos. Lacks a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275949259
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1994
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KENT DeLONG is an internal medicine physician practicing in southern California, and serves as the attending physician for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He is an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, and the author of War Heroes: True Stories of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (Praeger, 1993).

STEVEN TUCKEY is the editor of a daily newspaper in southern California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ross Perot

Chronology of Events

Major Participants

Introduction

Epilogue

Index

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