A fantastically detailed account,
This review is from: Black Hawk Down (Paperback)
This is a fantastically details, forensically researched account of the loss of two US Black Hawk helicopters in the Battle of Mogadishu. Don't be swayed by the 'now a major motion picture' on the covers of later editions - this bears only a passing resemblance to the movie. It goes into every detail of the successes (such as they were) and failures, deaths and injuries, and eventual escape of the troops on the ground. As such it has a huge cast of characters, and is not a book to be read quickly or casually - it's easy to get lost! It does, however, reward careful reading with a gripping and cautionary tale of how a technologically superior force does not always have a smooth ride against a determined and ruthless enemy.
Well worth the time to read.