Signed first printing of the journalist's reconstruction of the Battle of the Black Sea, the basis for the Academy Award-winning film directed by Ridley Scott.
BLACK HAWK DOWN
"[D]raws on his extensive interviews of participants from both sides – as well as classified combat video and radio transcripts" (front flap)
William Finnegan wrote in THE NEW YORK TIMES: "Some of the best passages in 'Black Hawk Down' tell the story from the Somali point of view. Bowden spent a week in Mogadishu in 1997 interviewing local survivors of the battle, and their accounts help make sense of the overwhelming popular hostility that the Americans faced [...] To the Rangers, it seemed that every man, woman and child in the city had picked up a gun, and their impression was not wildly mistaken – by that stage, 'Mogadishu felt brutalized and harassed,' according to an American-educated Somali lawyer." Researched and written while Bowden was a staff writer at THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, which first serialized the articles that would develop into the book. A flawless copy.
Read more: Finnegan, "A Million Enemies," New York Times, 14 March 1999.
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1999). Full title: Black Hawk Down: a story of modern war. 9'' x 5.75''. Original quarter red cloth, yellow paper boards, blind-stamped publisher's device on front board, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($24) brown and black jacket with red title lettering designed by Whitney Cookman. Black endpapers. , 386 pages.
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