[[ Audible ]] In the Company of Heroes: The Personal Story Behind Black Hawk DownAuthor Michael J. Durant – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

Piloting a US Army Special Operations Blackhawk over Somalia, Michael Durant was shot down with a rocket propelled grenade on October ,With devastating injuries, he was taken prisoner by a Somali warlord With revealing insight and emotion, he tells the story of what he saw, how he survived, and the courage and heroism that only soldiers under fire could ever know


10 thoughts on “In the Company of Heroes: The Personal Story Behind Black Hawk Down

  1. Paula Paula says:

    Disclosure Mike Durant is a personal friend.The truth behind the movie Black Hawk Down, with the incredible true story by Mike Durant.If you saw the movie Black Hawk Down, you may recall the name of the man that they would not leave behind Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Durant If you watched national news broadcasts in October 1993, you saw the battered face of Michael Durant America watched with shock as he was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.The hostilities in Somalia have b Disclosure Mike Durant is a personal friend.The truth behind the movie Black Hawk Down, with the incredible true story by Mike Durant.If you saw the movie Black Hawk Down, you may recall the name of the man that they would not leave behind Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Durant If you watched national news broadcasts in October 1993, you saw the battered face of Michael Durant America watched with shock as he was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.The hostilities in Somalia have been debated in articles, books, documentaries, and now finally in the words of Mike Durant Durant explained to me that the movie ends with him in captivity He thought, Wow, many people are wondering, What happened to that guy I ve had a lot of people ask me, How did you get out of there, and what happened to you In the Company of Heroes pays homage to the men who served with him in Somalia Plain and simple, I can tell you that the only reason I m here today is because of Gary and Randy The commando sergeants who came to Mr Durant s aide were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.In addition to his captivity in Somalia, Mr Durant s book shares a unique look at the life of the U.S Special Forces One of the most unique things is that in special ops, you stay together as a unit for a much long period of time than most other military organizations I was in the 160th for 13 years, and I served with the same people the whole time So, there are stories that go way beyond Somalia Some of the intriguing behind the scene information about the books is that Mr Durant, had to purchase the rights to use the photos of himself The many photos that we often see on cable news networks are copyrighted and he was charged to include them in the book Durant was very pleased that the group AC DC allowed him to use the lyrics to one of their songs without charge.A remarkable story, a remarkable man


  2. Marcee Marcee says:

    This book is about Michael J Durrant He is a pilot with the 160th SOAR or the Night Stalkers as they are known in the military They are special forces helicopter pilots and are considered the best of the best as far as aviators are concerned This book deals specifically with the events featured in the book and movie Black Hawk Down.Michael Durrant is the pilot of one of the two blackhawk helicopters that were shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia in October of 1993 He is the only survior of This book is about Michael J Durrant He is a pilot with the 160th SOAR or the Night Stalkers as they are known in the military They are special forces helicopter pilots and are considered the best of the best as far as aviators are concerned This book deals specifically with the events featured in the book and movie Black Hawk Down.Michael Durrant is the pilot of one of the two blackhawk helicopters that were shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia in October of 1993 He is the only survior of those two crashes He was captured by the forces of one of the major warlords of that time and was held captive for 11 days.This is the story of his survial and experience in the hands of the enemy.One of the things that I really liked about this book is that Durrant never considers himself a hero He states that I not a hero, I am just a chopper pilot who got shot down He is very humble and tries to deflect credit to the Rangers and Delta Force operators who gave their lives to try to protect and help him


  3. Lexie Robinson Austin Lexie Robinson Austin says:

    Great book, great story, solid writing.Okay, so here s one of my deep dark secrets secretly, I really love army action movies like Black Hawk Down my husband loves this about me I m a big fan of the movie I always knew that I lived in the same town as Michael Durant, however until I was reviewing pictures of Facebook of a local speaking engagement he gave, I never realized that he had written a book about his time behind enemy lines in Mogadishu I immediately put it on hold at the Library Great book, great story, solid writing.Okay, so here s one of my deep dark secrets secretly, I really love army action movies like Black Hawk Down my husband loves this about me I m a big fan of the movie I always knew that I lived in the same town as Michael Durant, however until I was reviewing pictures of Facebook of a local speaking engagement he gave, I never realized that he had written a book about his time behind enemy lines in Mogadishu I immediately put it on hold at the Library I have never been in the Army Yet, this book was such a steady trip into the mind of Michael Durant, it felt like I was The book does a great job of developing his story The sequence of events you see in Black Hawk Down take up the first 20 or so pages After that, it s solely Michael Durant s story He as I say He I realize that this references Michael Durant and also his ghostwriter Steven Hartov does a great job of flashing between the Black Hawk story and previous missions in the Middle East or in Panama that help add to the story The characters are well built You actually start developing attachments or at least sympathize with some of Michael s captors I read the whole book start to finish in less than 24 hours For me, with a nonfiction book, this is a great accomplishment and the testament of a great story If you ve watched the movie Black Hawk Down, but never ventured into the back story of Michael Durant s time as a Somali captive, I highly recommend this book


  4. Chris Chris says:

    This was a really good first hand account of the experiences of Mike Durant during his capture and captivity in Somalia after his Blackhawk went down Durant doesn t shy away from telling it like it is how he saw it The author also gives you glimpses into the Night Stalkers and their intense camraderie which I really enjoyed I did read Black Hawk Down before reading this book and would encourage other readers to do that as well because it gives you good context as to what was going on I would This was a really good first hand account of the experiences of Mike Durant during his capture and captivity in Somalia after his Blackhawk went down Durant doesn t shy away from telling it like it is how he saw it The author also gives you glimpses into the Night Stalkers and their intense camraderie which I really enjoyed I did read Black Hawk Down before reading this book and would encourage other readers to do that as well because it gives you good context as to what was going on I would recommend this book to every American but especially to military personnel and aviators


  5. Donald Plugge Donald Plugge says:

    Michael J Durant s personal story of survival provides only brief back story before delving into the actual battle The account is told mainly as a first person narrative describing his experience with a limited number of broad picture overviews of the entire battle He describes what happened to him If you d like a complementary and complete overview of the mission, read Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden.Once Michael s Black Hawk Super Six Four is hit in the tail by an RPG, you go directly into Michael J Durant s personal story of survival provides only brief back story before delving into the actual battle The account is told mainly as a first person narrative describing his experience with a limited number of broad picture overviews of the entire battle He describes what happened to him If you d like a complementary and complete overview of the mission, read Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden.Once Michael s Black Hawk Super Six Four is hit in the tail by an RPG, you go directly into his tunnel of focus as he is swept into a daunting ordeal The radio voices, the sounds of battle, the sharp physical reality and the surreal mental state are all detailed.The actual crash, brief fire fight and eventual capture make for incredible reading It makes me think twice about getting upset in traffic and what it really means to have a bad day My thought after finishing that section was what is the most difficult thing I ve done this week, this month, this year or in my life And also, what would I actually be able to endure.The rest of the book describes his injuries and how the Samalians treated him in captivity He gives you brief thoughts on his experience toward the end It is worth a read if only to adjust your perspective on life.dgp


  6. Laura Leaney Laura Leaney says:

    This was, for the most part, an interesting straightforward account of Michael Durant s time in the military, focusing primarily on the downing of his Blackhawk over Mogadishu, Somalia, and his time spent in captivity as a prisoner of the Somali warlord Mohamed Aidid What I liked about the book was the rather no nonsense clarity of it The big picture especially America s involvement in Somalia was except for Durant s negative opinions regarding the Clinton administration omitted This wa This was, for the most part, an interesting straightforward account of Michael Durant s time in the military, focusing primarily on the downing of his Blackhawk over Mogadishu, Somalia, and his time spent in captivity as a prisoner of the Somali warlord Mohamed Aidid What I liked about the book was the rather no nonsense clarity of it The big picture especially America s involvement in Somalia was except for Durant s negative opinions regarding the Clinton administration omitted This was a good approach, because the small story of his struggles and triumphs are believably heroic I find the psychology of the military aviator fascinating my favorite book on this topic, Chickenhawk is about the helicopters in Vietnam In that book, Robert Mason s tortured insights lift the book into literature In contrast, Durant s perfectionism, his confident sense of self, and his competitive personality are not nearly as interesting to me My only beef, which is solely personal, is that large swaths of this memoir were extremely dry The reason is the extreme detail regarding the various programs in the U.S military, the mechanics of aviation, and the sheer number of acronyms Accurate I have no doubt Compelling Not so much


  7. Jerome Jerome says:

    I had been looking forward to this book for some time but it didn t live up to my expectations If you re looking for a book about Mike s life as an SOF pilot then this does the job quite well If, like myself, you re expecting a balanced account of Mike s experience in Somalia, you may be let down.About half the book is taken up with anecdotes and memories that have nothing to do with Somalia That s no big deal as it is still an interesting read, but the description on the back cover doesn t p I had been looking forward to this book for some time but it didn t live up to my expectations If you re looking for a book about Mike s life as an SOF pilot then this does the job quite well If, like myself, you re expecting a balanced account of Mike s experience in Somalia, you may be let down.About half the book is taken up with anecdotes and memories that have nothing to do with Somalia That s no big deal as it is still an interesting read, but the description on the back cover doesn t provide any indication of the true nature of the book so I felt a bit had Books aren t cheap after all The back cover synopsis does use the word torture, which undoubtedly increased sales significantly Although Mike was badly injured and wasn t given five star treatment, and I don t envy his position one little bit, he didn t have electrodes connected to his genitals either Again, misleading and typical sensationalism It s a pity to let the facts get in the way of a good story I guess.Another thing that annoyed me was the over use of totally crap similes Hartov, who wrote this with, or for, Mike lets the side down badly with this Perhaps he was story telling for the lowest common denominator and maximum sales It is a shame Hartov s audience wasn t treated to aimpressive display of descriptive talent.Further, in the introduction Hartov makes an issue out of the thorough research performed and how Mike s story was checked with others involved even to the extent of going to Somalia and talking to his captors This book would have benefited significantly if the memory lane stuff had been reduced some is useful to set the scene and the perspective of others directly involved had been included After all, US forces underestimated the enemy and got badly bitten Mike was shot down, captured and released Several people were killed trying to get him out, unsuccessfully I am not so sure that this is something Americans should be beating chests and waving flags about It seems to me that including a Somalian perspective would have added real balance and given aaccurate depiction of the realities of the incident A small effort along these lines was made with the inclusion of the letter from the wife of a Delta operator, and to me that was one of the most valuable parts of the story.All things considered it was a pretty good read and I salute Mike s bravery and resolve Fortunately and correctly, Mike doesn t put himself forward as a hero rather he, as indicated in the title, gives full credit to his fellow soldiers But I strongly suspect another author not Hartov could have done a far better job and presented ainsightful account An opportunity missed I think


  8. DC DC says:

    It s been a long time since I read this one it s obviously time for a re readThis is the story of Michael Durant He was piloting one of the Blackhawk helicopters during the Blackhawk Down raid in Somalia, Africa in 1993 His was one of two choppers to go down that day, and a couple of Special Ops guys dropped in to protect him until they could be rescued But, the rescue didn t arrive in time The two guys that dropped were Delta Force Operators Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart They fought It s been a long time since I read this one it s obviously time for a re readThis is the story of Michael Durant He was piloting one of the Blackhawk helicopters during the Blackhawk Down raid in Somalia, Africa in 1993 His was one of two choppers to go down that day, and a couple of Special Ops guys dropped in to protect him until they could be rescued But, the rescue didn t arrive in time The two guys that dropped were Delta Force Operators Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart They fought alongside Mike, until they were overrun, and Mike was taken hostage by Aidids cronies.The book chronicles Mike s time in custody of these butchers, and it is an overly positive report I believe he wrote it as an homage to all the soldiers who were with him during this ordeal, especially Gordon and Shughart.I was just looking through it while writing this, and it s apparent that this story deserves my re read and highlight treatment


  9. Danielle Danielle says:

    I read this book after reading Black Hawk Down which in spite of it s lengthiness I was glued to This book had the same effect on me, this book pulls you in and doesn t let go till the ride is over Recommended for anyone who enjoys non fiction,especially military fiction, or anyone who should pull their head out of the sand and learn about what really happened in Somalia 1993 and the sacrifices these heroic men made.


  10. Forrest Forrest says:

    I just finished reading Black Hawk Down, and in some ways I liked this one evenDurant was the only American POW, captured by Somalis after his Black Hawk Super Six Four crashed in Mogadishu He describes in great detail the battle from the view of his chopper, the crash, and the soldiers who were killed trying to protect him He also describes being paraded through the streets by Somalis and his days in captivity.