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Black Hawk Down (Anglais) Broché – 1 janvier 2002

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"Rip-roaring stuff, with one of the most gruesome battlefield wound treatments ever committed to paper" (Maxim)

"One of the most electrifying, immediate and detailed accounts of a single battle every told... the whole 24-hour nightmare seems like it's happening to you" (Later)

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Already winning acclaim as one of the best accounts of combat ever written, Black Hawk Down is a minute-by-minute, heart-stopping account of the 1993 raid on Mogadishu, Somalia. Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3 1993, 140 elite US Soldiers abseiled from helicopters into a teeming market neighbourhood in the heart of the city. 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. Two of their high-tech helicopters were shot out of the sky. When the unit was rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and more than seventy badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse - more than five hundred killed and over a thousand injured.

Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is destined to become a classic of war reporting. It is already the most accurate, detailed account of modern combat ever written.

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Par Un client le 14 août 2003
Format: Poche
Dès la lecture du premier chapitre nous sommes plongés dans l'atmosphère étouffante de la vie de ces soldats, pris au piège dans un brasier dont l'auteur nous plonge dans ses flammes. Le lecteur se trouve au coeur des combats, des blessures et se voit confronter à la souffrance et la mort de jeunes gens qui lui sont déjà proches.
Je conseil à tous les lecteurs du livre en V.O. de visionner le DVD (fantastique) et d'écouter les superbes musiques de la bande son avec la voix majestueuse de Lisa Gerard.
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Ce récit n'est pas qu'un de ces multiples récits qui ne font que raconter une autre histoire de guerre sans queue ni tête!L'auteur, qui n'est pas un militaire, sait aussi prendre du recul et nous parler du point de vue d'autres acteurs de la bataille (dont des somaliens) ainsi que d'autres épisodes autour de celle-ci, ce qui aide à en comprendre les tenants et les aboutissants.
Ce contexte bien décrit renforce une histoire réellement passionnante, trés détaillées et fouillée mais avec des rappels opportuns qui nous empèchent de nous perdre avec les nombreux personnages et lieux.
Le récit est dur et illustre parfaitement le fameux "brouillard de la guerre". Une foi dedans on ne lache plus le livre!
A recommender pour connaitre et comprendre enfin cet épisode de la guerre en Somalie bien au-dela de ce que les médias traditionnels ont pu nous en dire, c'est à dire quasiment rien ou que du trés superficiel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 When Humanitarianism Goes Bad 20 avril 2016
Par Michael Griswold - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
In Blackhawk Down, Mark Bowden tells a rather military centric story of when Special Forces went into Somalia to round up some Somalia warlords and instead events ended up having a chilling effect of American intervention, I would argue up until September 11th. In reading Blackhawk Down, one gets the ultimate soldiers’ perspective as the story jumps around from place to place to give almost a panoramic view of the fight to live to see tomorrow.

There were parts of the book where I slipped into a malaise of sorts because how many pages of we shoot, they die or they shoot and we die can a person take before they slip into this unintended emotionless state of being? And yes, before anyone asks, I was aware that this wasn’t going to be basket of puppy hour. I don’t know if what I experienced was a defect in the way Bowden told the story itself or if I just never got hooked into this one.

Blackhawk Down didn’t work for me.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 STRUCTURALLY UNSOUND, BUT ENJOYABLE OVERALL 30 mars 2014
Par Kyle A.H. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Bowden's book is written in the kind of language you would expect from a traditional journalist. He is clear, concise, and does not bog his language down in artistic flourish. In fact, in his Afterward he claims to be proud of this straightforwardness with the reader; this despite it garnering him a slight barb from one particular reviewer he mentions.

However, it must be said that the structure of the book is a little messy. The number of individuals whose points of view Bowden includes can be daunting to sift through. I did not even bother to count the POVs he puts down on paper, but the reader should be aware there is no centralized perspective to go back to for reference. The author does not inject himself into the story (e.g. "And then I interviewed this person who said..."), and ordinarily that is fine. But, with a book showcasing the perspectives of so many people -- from lowly soldiers, to the their families, to commanders, to politicians -- it is difficult to sort through who is who and why any particular person is relevant. What makes it worse is that Bowden doesn't really offer any breaks for a reader to register a transition from one person's POV to another. Unfortunately, this problem hampers the flow of the story as the reader, at times, may be forced to backtrack just to refresh his or her memory on who is who. To be fair, Bowden interviewed countless individuals and wanted to give a good many of them their due. I have no doubt he left out many of POVs despite deep reservation. Still, none of this matters if the reader is not discouraged by such things. I was still able to jog through the book at a brisk and enjoyable pace in spite of this road block.

Another important note: this book corresponds poorly with the eponymous movie. The reader will find many of the characters in the movie are composites of actual people Bowden describes in the book. Not to mention the movie glosses over some of the uglier aspects of war (e.g. in the book, Bowden writes the U.S. Rangers eventually start shooting anything and everything in their path, including a large number of unarmed civilians). So, if you are ready for a dose of reality, read the book and drop your jaw.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow this is an event that makes you think 29 août 2013
Par LanetteH - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book is an eye opener. I saw the movie many years ago and didn't really comprehend the magnitude of what happened in that battle...maybe I was too young when the movie was released. The battle described by the author from the point of view of the Rangers and Delta Force is written in a way I've never experienced before in a book. Fast moving action, with the personal experiences of various soldiers. It is unbelievable that so much carnage could happen in such a relatively short time, even though this battle definitely felt like an eternity to the guys who were fighting the good fight. Once again a sad story about the cost of good vs. evil, and the amazing people who are willing to give up everything to fight that fight. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates this type of book, it is truly gripping and it has had such an effect on me that I am constantly shopping for more of the same :)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Black Hawk Down 12 octobre 2012
Par Alan Winters - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book is a vivid, compelling, recount of the downing of three Black Hawk heliocopters
in Somolia almost two decades ago. It's a nonfiction account with all of the qualities of a
fiction thriller. It's obvious that the author immersed himself in detailed research, studying
archived bits and pieces of the battle, piecing them together and interviewing many of the combatants involved.
As a Vietnam veteran, I found the descriptions of the battles within the battle to be accurate portrayals
of war, capturing the fear, bravery, pain, camaraderie, and black humor inevitable in a firefight.
If you've ever questioned the sanity of the politicians who get the U.S. involved in domestic disputes
such as Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, this book is another example of why we should stay out of the tribal,
internecine affairs of countries that have waged civil wars for centuries and want to "win" more than they
want peace. It is a telling indictment of "American Exceptionalisim" -- the philosophy that
the U.S. has a sacred mission to impose its form of government on any country we deem in need of salvation.
I'll reread this book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Thorough, but awkwardly arranged. 6 mars 2014
Par Johnny Danger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
With so much action going on and so many perspectives to tell the story from, "Black Hawk Down" give a truly in-depth look at what happened over the course of less than a day, but just like the fog of war confuses those within it, the mashing of multiple story lines challenges the reader to do lots of work on keeping up with who is where and doing what. This gets easier as the book moves along because the names and locations become more familiar, but to truly understand the first half of the book, one must read it again with the accumulated knowledge of having read the entire book. Other than that, it was written so that the non-military mind can understand the various situations with limited knowledge of tactical jargon and that's a good thing for those of us who do not have a military background but enjoy reading books about the history of our military to get a better appreciation at what they do to provide security for Americans and allies alike.
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