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Michael J Durant
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5 July 2004

In the autumn of 1993, American special forces were dispatched to the famine-stricken land of Somalia. Their intervention in this war-torn country was the most dramatic US military action since Vietnam. A routine mission went horribly wrong when Michael Durant's Black Hawk helicopter was shot down over Mogadishu and he was quickly surrounded by Somali troops and taken captive. The brutal torture he underwent was made all too clear to the world when his coerced statements were broadcast on live television and his battered face appeared on the cover of magazines around the globe.

Michael Durant's ordeal was first described in Mark Bowden's international bestseller Black Hawk Down and the critically acclaimed film of the same name. This, his first-person gripping account tells of bravery under fire, torture, imprisonment, and the terrifying day by day reality for a soldier, unarmed and helpless in enemy hands, fighting to survive.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552150940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552150941
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'I've read In the Company of Heroes and I think it's stunning. It's my objective opinion that Army helicopter pilots, especially Warrant Officer pilots, are some of the best and bravest pilots who ever flew, and this book proves it. In the Company of Heroes is moving, enlightening, fast-paced and exciting. An excellent read'" (Robert Mason, author of Chickenhawk)

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The gripping memoir of a Black Hawk pilot shot down in Mogadishu, his capture, torture and fight for survival.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended several times over! 19 Sep 2003
This book is well worth the money, with detail, photos and a riviting story that will hook you the second you pick it up!
A story of an accidental hero and the bravey of the men who risked and lost everything trying to save the author.
Highly recommended and well worth purchasing
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4.0 out of 5 stars So nearly a great book 27 Jun 2003
By Pablo
About half of this book is an absolutely fascinating read which you will find impossible to put down. The vivid and sometimes harrowing account of Durant's capture and subsequent treatment is extremely well written.
My only problem with the book is that it could have been about half the length. While the first half of the book does deal with Durant's Somali nightmare, the second half spends more time looking at his career as a whole during his time in the Armed Forces. Interesting in itself, but not what I was expecting.
Having said this, I read the whole book in about a day flat, so maybe I'm being hyper-critical?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching 17 Sep 2004
By A Customer
The Somalia incident brought many things to light but following an individual soldiers account reveals the personal side of such a harrowing incident. Durants book is an incredibly emotive retelling of his personal story. It has left alot of mental resonance with me. Highly recommended for anyone interested in military history, the somalia conflict or human nature in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the company of heroes 26 Oct 2003
This is an amazing book. Michael J. Durant shows such bravery in this book. He has a tremendously rough time but stays focused through the hell in which he is in. This a true story and makes you think about what you've got. Its makes you appreciate living in England. Buy it but prepare to be shocked!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartrending and stirring memoir 22 July 2003
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
While not matching Mark Bowden's classic account of the Battle of Mogadishu, this memoir by Michael Durant (the shot down and captured Black Hawk pilot) is nonetheless heartrending and stirring. He provides a detailed account of his experience, including many details previosuly unrevealed, and he refuses to flinch from the tragedy and brutality of his downing, capture and release. His story is at times stretched to fill a whole book, but he makes up for this by providing details of his experience as a special ops pilot prior to the events of '93.
Perefectly judged, and written with style and passion, this is a perfect companion to 'Black Hawk Down', succeeding in providing a stark no-holds barred account of modern warfare, and ultimately proving to be an inspiring and frank account of man in extemis, and celebrating the heroism and cameraderie of the brotherhood of arms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 20 Nov 2012
By Stewie
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Great to read about Durant's back story and experiences that led him to Mog, his emotions while a PoW and the intricate details of what he went through. Couldn't put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing Read 18 Oct 2011
By robadin
A fascinating story about the pilot of one of the blackhawks downed in Mogadishu. The book written in the first person doesn't find the author just talking about his experience but, as the title suggests, the people who laid their lives on the line to try and save one of their own. If you thought the film blackhawk down was harrowing and haunting, just read what Mike Durrant had to endure prior to his release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books 10 Jan 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to those who have seen the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blackhawk down
Mike Durant shares with us his missions from Panama, Iraq, Korea and Somalia. The last meet the fate of what occur through the enture book. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2008 by SKYW4LKER
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerfull!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book was a great find, not only does Mike Durant tell about his captivity but he also tells about his military career and a wee bit of history about the nightstalkers. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2006 by Avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Edited 'British version' required!!!
This is a compelling story about a mission that went terribly wrong, and of the subsequent suffering of one man who came to survive it. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2004 by Glynford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a great read, especially if you read the Black Hawk Down book or seen the movie.
The book is almost like an extension of the movie continuing with the Mike Durant... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2004 by Peter H
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is truly a great book. It was a pleasure to read, it shows the bravery of two delta force snipers who attempted a to hold of hundreds of angry somalians until reinforcments... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars in the company of heroes by micheal durant
this must have been hard for mr durant to write bringing memories up about those 11 days he was a pow.The letter from mrs shughart was very moving. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This Nightstalker didn't quit!
This is an excellent book by one of the many heroes of the action in Somalia.The book fills in Durant's experiences while held by a Somali warlord as well as his own perspective on... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2003 by Stephen Prior
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