A Novel Murder

| April 07, 2005

In the Company of Heroes -
Michael J. Durant

Piloting a U.S. Army Special Operations Blackhawk, Durant was shot down and captured on Oct. 3, 1993, in the battle depicted in Mark Bowden’s bestselling book Black Hawk Down. Durant became a prisoner of Somali warlord Mohammed Aidid – the man responsible for prolonging starvation in his country by hijacking United Nations food shipments. U.S. policy makers had determined that capturing Aidid was the only way to restore order. The simple snatch-and-grab plan, named Operation Gothic Serpent, turned into the biggest U.S. firefight since the Vietnam War.

Durant’s experience as a prisoner in Somalia grew increasingly bizarre,
crystallizing a clash of cultures by turns frightening, melancholy, hilarious and strangely familiar. Revealing never-before-told stories with the incisive thought and emotion of one who was there, In the Company of Heroes is one man’s unforgettable, true story of going to hell and making it back alive.

6 hours
Retail: $26
Simon & Schuster Audio

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