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by | Read by Alan Sklar

Contemporary Culture • 15 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1999

"They all knew this mission might get hairy." The 1993 attempt to arrest warlords and save a starving population got 99 American soldiers trapped in a hostile city. The most intense firefight since Vietnam left 18 elite fighters dead and branded our consciousness with the images of naked American corpses dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. The enemy toll was far higher--more than 500 Somalis killed--but afterward the UN pulled out. We won the battle; lost the war. Alan Sklar draws us into the tragic 18-hour nightmare. His husky voice can boom or whisper, expressing confidence, doubt, horror, and outrage. He never hams, never overplays his hand. The tragedy is read as written, with exquisite care and boundless passion. B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 02]



Book pak • BBC Audiobooks America/ Sound Library • 2002

CS ISBN 079272545X $96.95 • Twelve cassettes

CD ISBN 0792798740 $115.95 • Fourteen CDs

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