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The Three Battles Of Wanat


Author : Mark Bowden
language : en
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
Release Date : 2016-05-05



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Ranging from war journalism to crime stories to profiles on influential leaders to pieces on sports, gambling and the impending impact of supercomputers on the practice of medicine, this collection is Bowden at his best. Pieces that will appear in the collection include, "The Three Battles of Wanat", which tells the story of a bloody engagement in Afghanistan and the extraordinary years-long fallout within the US military, "The Drone Warrior," in which Bowden examines the strategic, legal and moral issues surrounding armed drones, and "The Case of the Vanishing Blonde," which first appeared in Vanity Fair and recounts the chilling story of a woman who went missing from a Florida hotel only to turn up near the Everglades, brutally beaten, raped and still alive. Also included are profiles on a diverse range of notable and influential people such as Joe Biden, Kim Jong-un, Judy Clarke who is well known for defending America's worst serial killers and David Simon, the creator of the successful HBO series The Wire.

The Chosen Few


Author : Gregg Zoroya
language : en
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date : 2017-02-14



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The never-before-told story of one of the most decorated units in the war in Afghanistan and its fifteen-month ordeal that culminated in the 2008 Battle of Wanat, the war's deadliest A single company of US paratroopers--calling themselves the "Chosen Few"--arrived in eastern Afghanistan in late 2007 hoping to win the hearts and minds of the remote mountain people and extend the Afghan government's reach into this wilderness. Instead, they spent the next fifteen months in a desperate struggle, living under almost continuous attack, forced into a slow and grinding withdrawal, and always outnumbered by Taliban fighters descending on them from all sides. Month after month, rocket-propelled grenades, rockets, and machine-gun fire poured down on the isolated and exposed paratroopers as America's focus and military resources shifted to Iraq. Just weeks before the paratroopers were to go home, they faced their last--and toughest--fight. Near the village of Wanat in Nuristan province, an estimated three hundred enemy fighters surrounded about fifty of the Chosen Few and others defending a partially finished combat base. Nine died and more than two dozen were wounded that day in July 2008, making it arguably the bloodiest battle of the war in Afghanistan. The Chosen Few would return home tempered by war. Two among them would receive the Medal of Honor. All of them would be forever changed.

Road Work


Author : Mark Bowden
language : en
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date : 2007-12-01



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From the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down to the critically acclaimed Killing Pablo, Mark Bowden has been praised for his unique, novelistic ability to put his reader in the heat of the story. His acclaimed works of investigative journalism have been published around the world to tremendous success and have sold over 3 million copies. Road Work collects Bowden’s award-winning non-fiction, from his breakout stories for the Philadelphia Inquirer to his most recent high-profile pieces in Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Road Work takes us everywhere from a small town in Rhode Island where one of the largest cocaine rings in history is uncovered, to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia where a bold team of anti-poachers fights to save the fate of the black rhinoceros. “The Kabul-Ki Dance" invites us into the high-adrenaline world of the 391st Fighter Squadron of Idaho as it wages the air war over Afghanistan, and shows us what happens when raw emotion comes up against the clinical precision of modern war. Bowden’s high-profile look at Saddam Hussein, nominated for a National Magazine Award, shed such new and dramatic light on one of the world’s most notorious figures that it has been optioned for film. And his shocking expose on the dark art of interrogation, also nominated for a National Magazine Award, offers an insider's eye into the unique and controversial ways in which we are fighting the war on terrorism. Road Work offers fascinating glimpses into the closely guarded lives of public figures such as Al Sharpton, Norman Mailer, and Mike Schmidt, and also features the uniquely humanistic brand of sports reporting that won acclaim for Bringing the Heat. Powerfully gripping, elucidating, sometimes even wryly humorous, Road Work shows why Mark Bowden has won a reputation as a domestic and foreign reporter of the highest caliber, earning The New York Times Book Review’s praise as “a master of narrative journalism.” Tales of the Tyrant -- An intimate and compelling account of the daily life of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein and how he wields and retains power is offered. He sleeps only four or five hours a night, keeps his desk immaculate, and tests all his food for poison.Bowden reveals that Hussein was a novelist of romantic potboilers. The Art of Interrogation - Bowden discusses effective ways of interrogation in order to gather intelligence and thwart terrorism. Among these, are the torture lite method, acid tests method, monkey orgasms, and alligator clips. Torture lite includes sleep deprivation, exposure to heat or cold, the use of drugs to cause confusion, rough treatment, and forcing a prisoner to stand for days at a time or to sit in uncomfortable positions... Bowden also explores facts and rumors-- and the complicated legal issues-- surrounding the controversial terrorist holding facility in Guantanamo Bay Kabulki Dance - A look inside the cockpit with the pilots and weapons-systems officers of the 391st Fighter Squadron. These men are the top guns of the US air war in Afghanistan. Bowden explores the emotional human's place in an impersonal, technologized war environment. Al Sharpton profile - a fascinating portrait of this controversial figure published in the Atlantic Salon Republican National Convention 2000 -- "Republicans have zeroed in on the one thing the Democrats cannot defend: Clinton's slick willy." Bowden reportes from the highly orchestrated Republican convention, in which the Republicans aim to down-play their "devisive social priorities" and portray George W. Bush as the kinder, gentler candidate. The Game of a Lifetime - A portrait of the "Turkey Game"-- the nearly century-old Thanksgiving-day high school football rivalry between the Kirkwood Pioneers and the Webster Groves Statesman of the St. Louis suburbs. This year's game will be exceptional because, with the varsity teams unavailable because of playoffs, the inexperienced but eager junior varsity teams will be put on the spot. A Beautiful Mind - Portrait of the surprising skill and mental brilliance needed to be a center, the man who snaps to the quarterback on the Philadelphia Eagles The Unkindest Cut Schmidt's Misfortune - Portrait of Philadelphia Philly half of famer Mike Schmidt, who is determined to have his best season ever when it is cut short by a devastating injury during an at-bat. The Great Potato Pick-Off Play - hilarious story about a prankster minor league ball player who is kicked off the team after substituting a potato for a baseball in an attempt to trick a baserunner into an out. Rhino - Portrait of 20 men who have had the dangerous, impossible task for two years of patroling for poachers in the Luangwa Valley of Zambia. They hope to save the 4,000 black rhinos that remain there, but their World Wildlife Fund money is running out. The Urban Gorilla - Masala, at 51-years-old the oldest gorilla in the world, is being given a new, more spaaaaaacious and natural home in the expanded Philadelphia Zoo. Bowden explores new attitudes and practices in animal captivity. Breeding the Better Cow - A Fast Food Nation-type expose on the new ways farmers are using revolutionary breeding devices such as artificial insemination, super-ovulation, and embryo transfer to make cows into little more than gigantic lactating machines. A profile of Osborndale Ivanhoe, the sire of over half of the 700,000 Holsteins in Pennsylvania Battling the Baddies in Fantasyland - "The 14 children from St. Christopher's were off to Disney World because a wealthy young woman had decided to liquidate her family's 40-year-old charitable foundation and set aside $10,000 to send them on a three-day wish trip. I went along to see how they cope with it all: the grim battle with medical odds, the frustration of being unable to protect their babies, of having to rely on doctors who aren't sure how to proceed, the dreary regimen of hospital and home, hospital and home. But these were not families burdened with grief. These were families living intensely, each day, every day, every hour." Fight to the Finish- a remarkable story of a physician who committed suicide after struggling for years with manic depression. Bowden investigates the mystery of mental depression and the difficulties of living with a victim Fight with Fame - Portrait of Norman Mailer after publication of Tough Guys Don't Dance -- one of the first writers to be struggling with fame in the modern world The Fight Rocky Lost - the Philadelphia Art Museum battles Sylvester Stallone to have a statue of him as Rocky removed from its steps Mayberry Vice - an article for Rolling Stone about an unusual drug bust in Central Falls, R.I. Cops on the Take - Bowden's first major effort in narrative journalism, a four-part Inquirer Magazine magazine series, won a National Magazine Award.

Bringing The Heat


Author : Mark Bowden
language : en
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date : 2007-12-01



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Bringing the Heat is the story of one team's season-long campaign for the NFL championship, told through the personal stories of the men on the field and the coaches, managers, and owner on the sidelines. The team is the 1992 Philadelphia Eagles, a group of players assembled in the iconoclastic image of their former head coach Buddy Ryan. They are known throughout the league for their ferocious defense and for the otherworldly talents of their quarterback Randall Cunningham. Award-winning journalist Mark Bowden gets deep inside the world of professional football in a way no writer has ever done before, with an insightful and hilarious portrait of one of the most exciting teams ever to play the game. He spares none of the game's ugliness - the greed, the racism, and the often sadistic violence - while capturing the beauty of athleticism at its highest level, the courage of men who face each play knowing that one bad hit can end a career, and above all the exultant glory of victory that inspires their struggle to be the best.

The Finish


Author : Mark Bowden
language : en
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date : 2012-10-16



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From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded. After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda—a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track—demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war—the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.

Guests Of The Ayatollah


Author : Mark Bowden
language : en
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date : 2007-12-01



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From the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting, definitive chronicle of the Iran hostage crisis, America’s first battle with militant Islam. On November 4, 1979, a group of radical Islamist students, inspired by the revolutionary Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took fifty-two Americans hostage, and kept nearly all of them hostage for 444 days. In Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowden tells this sweeping story through the eyes of the hostages, the soldiers in a new special forces unit sent to free them, their radical, naïve captors, and the diplomats working to end the crisis. Bowden takes us inside the hostages’ cells and inside the Oval Office for meetings with President Carter and his exhausted team. We travel to international capitals where shadowy figures held clandestine negotiations, and to the deserts of Iran, where a courageous, desperate attempt to rescue the hostages exploded into tragic failure. Bowden dedicated five years to this research, including numerous trips to Iran and countless interviews with those involved on both sides. Guests of the Ayatollah is a detailed, brilliantly re-created, and suspenseful account of a crisis that gripped and ultimately changed the world.

The Outpost


Author : Jake Tapper
language : en
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date : 2012-11-13



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The heartbreaking and inspiring story of one of America's deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan, acclaimed by critics everywhere as a classic. At 5:58 AM on October 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan just 14 miles from the Pakistani border, was viciously attacked. Though the 53 Americans there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war for the U.S. that year. Four months after the battle, a Pentagon review revealed that there was no reason for the troops at Keating to have been there in the first place. In THE OUTPOST, Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage war real, and American courage manifest.