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Mark Bowden

4.12 of 5 Votes: 2
Books by Mark Bowden
The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden (2012)
3.71 of 5 Votes: 3
Audiobook Review4 StarsA must-read for those who are excavators of the Bin Laden story and the contemporary history of terrorism in the US and the world. It's also a must-read for anyone, particularly young people who don't have first-hand recollections of terrorism in the US since the 1990's. Bo...
Best Game Ever, The: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL (2008)
3.94 of 5 Votes: 4
Just finished this wonderful little book on the Colts vs Giants 1958 NFL Championship game. Excellent insight into not only the game, but pro football during that time when it was slowly capturing the hearts of American sports fans. I love the descriptions of the players and their relationships...
The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL (2008)
3.94 of 5 Votes: 2
The Best Game Ever is a fairly good account of what is probably the most famous game in NFL history - the 1958 NFL Championship game where the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants 23-17 in the NFL's first sudden death overtime game. The game pitted some of the greatest players of all time...
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw (2002)
3.88 of 5 Votes: 4
“Plato? O Plomo?” One either accepted Pablo’s plato (silver) or took his plomo (lead). “Take my bribe or take by bullet. Your integrity or your life?” It did not matter to Pablo Escobar, the head of the Medellin drug cartel and seventh richest man in the world. It was a difficult time to be an h...
Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam (2006)
4.12 of 5 Votes: 5
I'd been meaning to read this for quite some time, and I'm glad I finally did. The specifics of the Iran hostage crisis were always obscure to me, and I've read only fragmentary accounts by various participants, mainly by members of the Delta Force element. The added perspective of the hostages a...
Black Hawk Down (1999)
4.26 of 5 Votes: 3
I realize it's silly to review a best-selling book that's been made into a movie and repackaged and reprinted multiple times, but that's never stopped me before, so...As a military (and military history) reader, I offer no rational excuse for not having read this book long ago (nor can I explain ...
The Best American Crime Writing 2006 (2006)
4.09 of 5 Votes: 5
Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire (2001)
4 of 5 Votes: 2
I've read several of Bowden's books - Black hawk Down, Killing Pablo and Guests of the Ayatollah, among them - and all have been riveting, and am planning to read his latest about the capture of Bin Laden. This book, however, fell short of the standards of those three in particular. Maybe it was ...
Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad (2004)
4.03 of 5 Votes: 5
I read this book because I wanted to find out how the decision was made to ignore doctrine and send columns of tanks through Baghdad. It didn't directly answer the question because it is written mainly from the point of view of the companies that executed that decision--which surprised them as m...
The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner City School (2007)
3.58 of 5 Votes: 2
Christina Asquith recounts her decision to leave her career path as a journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer to "change a life" as an emergency certified (read: no training whatsoever) teacher in one of the lowest ranked middle schools in the country. What follows is part heart breaking clarity ...
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