April 5th 2010
In The Company of Heroes. Michael J. Durant & Steven Hartov. 2004.ISBN 0451210603. The story of the US helicopter pilot captured in Mogadishu, Somalia which corresponded with the story of Black Hawk Down. This is a taut gripping real life story of special ops, top gun flyers and life among the elite of the US Armed Forces. Durant was seriously injured when his helio was shot down. He endured incredible pain, and expected the worst. He received surprising care from some Somalis and eventually was released as a gesture from the warlord , Mohamed Aidid. If you are curious to live the life of these elite forces and the view of being captured by a young hard nosed military type you will like this book. I liked his quote from Colin Powell, ” The people in the front lines are right and those in the rear are wrong.” Durant’s observations of the Clinton approach to this war are totally in line with those expressed in the Bin Laden book.
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