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Mark Bowden (1) (1951–)

Autor(a) de Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

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About the Author

Mark Bowden has been a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-one years and has won many national awards for his writing. He is the author of "Black Hawk Down," "Bringing the Heat," "Doctor Dealer", "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw." and, more recently, The Finish: mostrar mais "The Killing of Osama bin Laden", and Hue 1968: A Turning point of the American war in Vietnam. Bowden has also written for Talk, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Playboy, among others. The original series of articles which became "Black Hawk Down" earned him the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award, and made him a finalist for the NBA in nonfiction. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Mark Bowden

Worm: The First Digital World War (2011) 307 exemplares
Bringing the Heat (1994) 66 exemplares

Associated Works

Once There Was a War (1943) — Introdução, algumas edições902 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 751 exemplares
The New Kings of Nonfiction (2007) — Contribuidor — 743 exemplares
The Best American Science Writing 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Bowden, Mark
Nome legal
Bowden, Mark Robert
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
St. Louis, Missouri, Etats-Unis
Locais de residência
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Oxford, Pennsylvania, USA
Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore News-American
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Atlantic Monthly
Vanity Fair
Loyola University Maryland
University of Delaware
Prémios e menções honrosas
Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award (for original articles later used in Black Hawk Down)
National Book Award in Nonfiction finalist (for original articles later used in Black Hawk Down)

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Mark Bowden reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for The Atlantic and other magazines. Matthew Teague is a contributor to National Geographic, The Atlantic, Esquire, and other magazines,… [adapted from Grove Atlantic]



Mark Bowden’s choice of title The Last Stone is apt for indeed no stone was left unturned until a 38-year-old cold case was finally solved. Over the last years there has been a massive amount of true crime publications of recently solved cold cases. Bowden’s work stands out. The author provides hours of original interrogation records of suspects and perpetrators which are gems on their own. Listening to the skillful interrogators and how they finally got what was needed to solve the case is fascinating,the insights this provides on human nature, an eye-opener. The case itself is no less fascinating, if horrendous. In 1975 two girls aged 10 and 12 disappeared without a trace. Last seen in a shopping mall, the disappearance of the two young girls, coming from a loving suburban home produced an uproar. The parents were devastated and despite the media attention it received, the tireless efforts invested by the police, the case remained unsolved until 2012. Then the case was reviewed and a trail already having become cold got hot again. What the parents had to endure gets little mention in this book but perhaps it was just as well. Their terror must have been unimaginable. I have listeners to Bowden’s audiobook and the reader did a fantastic job in covering a range of accents, especially the hillbilly Virginian. On the objective side,the book is extremely well-researched. The prose is objective and straightforward, suitable for the genre. Yet, courtesy of the realism conveyed so well, the unadulterated interviews we follow, and the serpentine, heroic struggle of a few untiring detectives, one gets emotionally involved quickly, and when towards the end it all comes to a head and the sky falls in on the perpetrators, we get great great satisfaction from justice served, well and from a cold platter.… (mais)
nitrolpost | 19 outras críticas | Mar 19, 2024 |
I really love Bowden’s writing style. I’m a huge fan of [b:Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War|55403|Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War|Mark Bowden|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1442149156s/55403.jpg|1041952] and I wasn’t disappointed by this one either. Bowden tells the story of one of the pivotal battles of the Vietnam war utilizing eye witness account, news stories and primary source information from archives and libraries. It was the first urban battle fought by the US military since the Korean War over 15 years prior. The story is told from both sides and also has some insight from the civilian perspective. There are stories of incredible individual bravery and also just plain luck, leaving the reader with the wonder how anyone survived this battle.

Bowden does a good job of summarizing the political environment surrounding the battle and the attitude in general of the American public to the war in late ’67/early ’68. The Tet offensive caught the American leadership completely by surprise and a week into the battle were still in denial as to the scale of the attack on Hue. Wesmoreland isn’t portrayed in a particularly good light, his repeated and blatant denials of what was really going on somewhat unbelievable but plainly reflected in the TV interviews and declassified communiques of the time. One of Bowden’s conclusions and main points is that the Tet offensive and its aftermath would forever change America’s attitude toward her leaders - they would never again be blindly trusted.

I highly recommend this book. If one is interested in the entire conflict, watch the excellent eighteen or so hour PBS documentary series on the Vietnam War produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. A whole episode is spent on Tet, with pretty much the same conclusions as Bowden.
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amurray914 | 16 outras críticas | Feb 27, 2024 |
History at its best. Bowden puts you on the bridge, dodging bullets. And you know why you're on that bridge and who screwed up to make it so.
ben_r47 | 16 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
Some great stories and some okay stories...
dlinnen | 3 outras críticas | Feb 3, 2024 |



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