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Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda
SCOTT PETERSON
0415930634
September 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Peterson files this report from the front lines of three of Africa's most virulent wars of the 1990s. It has the immediacy and vividness of eyewitness testimony, because Peterson, who was reporting from Africa for London's Daily Telegraph, was present at the scenes of battle, recording his impressions as the carnage went forward. His reporting is visceral and close to the ground: "in the dust and the sweat, and the laughter mixed with misery that permeates the flavor of war in Africa." In Somalia, he observed how clan hatreds, combined with grossly excessive arms shipments from the developed nations, resulted in an explosion of anarchy and violence. The U.S. comes in for a substantial share of blame for its ill-considered, violent and ultimately disastrous intervention. In the Sudan, Peterson witnessed what he...


America's Splendid Little Wars: A Short History of U.S. Military Engagements: 1975-2000
Peter A. Huchthausen
0641660693

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Modern History of the Somali
I. M. Lewis
082141495X
Jan 2003
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Unraveling Somalia: Race, Violence, and the Legacy of Slavery (Ethnography of Political Violence)
Catherine Besteman
0812216881
June 1999
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Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces
Linda Robinson
1586483528
September 2005
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Book Review
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have given the U.S. Army's Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, a central role in American military action like never before. Several hundred U.S. Special Forces operators helped a motley band of Afghan rebels orchestrate a stunning rout when they overthrew the Taliban after 9/11. In Iraq, as journalist Linda Robinson explains in Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces, Special Forces units were the main U.S. elements on the ground in the northern and western regions of the country, where they defeated government forces that outnumbered them many times over. Robinson tells the story of the Special Forces through the eyes of a few of its more colorful personalities, men with call signs like Rawhide and Killer. She follows them around the world from Panama and El...


Surrender or Starve : Travels in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea (Vintage Departures)
Robert D. Kaplan
1400034523
November 11, 2003
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Review
“A writer of extraordinary intellect and passion . . .with a wonderfully lucid way of relating history as a living thing.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“This vivid account . . . tells very convincingly a story which the author claims was almost entirely ignored by Western media, diplomats, and relief officials. Kaplan paints a horrific picture of often fatal cruelty.” —Foreign Affairs

“Robert Kaplan is a scholarly and adventurous journalist. . . . He draws attention to long-term trends that other writers have little noted.” —The New York Times

“Kaplan is a gritty travel reporter and commentator on foreign affairs known for providing no-nonsense political-historical overviews of the dicey places he visits.” —The...


Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Mark Bowden
0140288503
February 2000
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Book Review
Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a strikingly detailed account of the 1993 nightmare operation in Mogadishu that left 18 American soldiers dead and many more wounded. This early foreign-policy disaster for the Clinton administration led to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and a total troop withdrawal from Somalia. Bowden does not spend much time considering the context; instead he provides a moment-by-moment chronicle of what happened in the air and on the ground. His gritty narrative tells of how Rangers and elite Delta Force troops embarked on a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid only to find themselves surrounded in a hostile African city. Their high-tech MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters had been shot down and a number of other miscues left them trapped through...


Somalia: Economy Without State (African Issues)
Peter D. Little
0253216486
November 2003
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Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
Sean Naylor
0425196097
March 2005
Hardcover
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Reviewers lauded Naylor’s "meticulously reported" account (Oregonian). It includes in-person observations during the operation (Naylor was imbedded with the 101st Airborne Division troops who fought in the battle), and scores of after-the-fact interviews, many with sources who wouldn’t allow themselves to be identified. His two-year undertaking to bring those 17 days to life yields an extraordinarily detailed account of the fateful mission. While a few critics felt that some aspects of the book were unbalanced, all agreed that Naylor did a good job in portraying the drama, heroism, and blunders that defined Anaconda while raising broader issues of warfare and its ultimate purpose.Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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First Footsteps in East Africa; Or, an Exploration of Harar
Richard F. Burton
0486254755
October 1, 1987
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Book Description
One of the great adventure classics. Victorian scholar-adventurer’s firsthand epic account of daring 1854 expedition to forbidden East African capital city. A treasury of detailed information on Muslim beliefs, manners and morals; plus pleasures and perils of the desert. A wealth of geographic, ethnographic and linguistic data.


Battle Ready
Tom Clancy
0641696930

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The Red Sea Terror Triangle : Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Islamic Terror
Shaul Shay
0765802473
January 1, 2005
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Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces
Linda Robinson
1586482491
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have given the U.S. Army's Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, a central role in American military action like never before. Several hundred U.S. Special Forces operators helped a motley band of Afghan rebels orchestrate a stunning rout when they overthrew the Taliban after 9/11. In Iraq, as journalist Linda Robinson explains in Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces, Special Forces units were the main U.S. elements on the ground in the northern and western regions of the country, where they defeated government forces that outnumbered them many times over. Robinson tells the story of the Special Forces through the eyes of a few of its more colorful personalities, men with call signs like Rawhide and Killer. She follows them around the world from Panama and El...


Yesterday, Tomorrow: Voices from the Somali Diaspora (Literature, Culture, and Identity)
Nuruddin Farah
0304707023
March 2000
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International Journal of African Studies
“...quite generous with his political and philosophical opinions, his doubts, memories of his experiences, and, most eloquently, his anger…” --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Mark Bowden
0451203933
August 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Journalist Mark Bowden delivers a strikingly detailed account of the 1993 nightmare operation in Mogadishu that left 18 American soldiers dead and many more wounded. This early foreign-policy disaster for the Clinton administration led to the resignation of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and a total troop withdrawal from Somalia. Bowden does not spend much time considering the context; instead he provides a moment-by-moment chronicle of what happened in the air and on the ground. His gritty narrative tells of how Rangers and elite Delta Force troops embarked on a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid only to find themselves surrounded in a hostile African city. Their high-tech MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters had been shot down and a number of other miscues left them trapped through...


Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping, and the New Imperialism
Sherene H. Razack
0802086632
May 2004
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Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
Sean Naylor
0425207870
March 2006
Paperback
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Reviewers lauded Naylor’s "meticulously reported" account (Oregonian). It includes in-person observations during the operation (Naylor was imbedded with the 101st Airborne Division troops who fought in the battle), and scores of after-the-fact interviews, many with sources who wouldn’t allow themselves to be identified. His two-year undertaking to bring those 17 days to life yields an extraordinarily detailed account of the fateful mission. While a few critics felt that some aspects of the book were unbalanced, all agreed that Naylor did a good job in portraying the drama, heroism, and blunders that defined Anaconda while raising broader issues of warfare and its ultimate purpose.Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition....


Somalia - The Untold Story : The War Through the Eyes of Somali Women
Judith Gardner (Editor), Judy El Bushra (Editor)
0745322085
January 20, 2004
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Book Description
Somalia came to the world's attention in 1992 when television and newspapers began to report on the terrifyingly violent war and the famine that resulted. Half a million Somalis died that year, and over a million fled the country. Cameras followed US troops as they landed on the beaches at Mogadishu to lead what became an ill-fated UN intervention to end hunger and restore peace. In this book, Somali women write and talk about the war, their experiences and the unacceptable choices they often faced. They explain clearly, in their own words, the changes, challenges – and sometimes the opportunities – that war brought, and how they coped with them. Key themes include the slaughter and loss of men, who were the prime target for killings; rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war; changing roles in the...


Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl
As Told to Virginia Lee Barnes
0679762094
September 1995
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From School Library Journal
YA?In a frank, candid retelling of a difficult life, the authors present honest actions and reactions to customs and events in tribal Somalia beginning in the late '50s when Aman was the young daughter of a woman whose feminist sensibilities caused her to live apart from her husband and earn her own living, dangerous as that might be. Much of Aman's youth was driven by a need for money as well as a need to remain a virgin until married. Ceremonial genital surgery at age nine was performed to help preserve her virginity, but little could be done to prevent her from falling in love with a boy who was forbidden. Once she broke the taboo at 13, her reputation was soiled and her ability to make money affected. From that point to the end of this book, when she was about 19, she was on a rocky road through a...


Medal of Honor Recipients 1863-1994: Volume 2 WWII to Somalia
George Lang, et al
0816032599
August 1995
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From Booklist
The Medal of Honor was first issued during the Civil War, and since it was the only military award for valor during that war, 1,527 medals were awarded. By the time of the Spanish American War, there were more earned medals available for distribution, and the Medal of Honor became the supreme honor. During the military action in Vietnam, a much longer conflict than the Civil War, 238 medals were awarded. The excellent introduction to this new biographical reference includes an interesting history of the award, with a discussion of our attitudes about military medals since the American Revolution.The work contains 3,399 biographical entries; the final entry is for a soldier killed in Somalia. Information given in all but a few entries includes rank, service unit, birthday, place of birth, date of death, place of death,...


War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars
Andrew Carroll (Editor)
0743410068
May 2002
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Book Review
"I've cast out my razor, divorced my soap, buried my manners, signed my socks to a two-year contract, and proved that you don't have to come in out of the rain." So wrote Corporal Thomas P. Noonan from Vietnam, proving that humor doesn't fail even in war. Noonan's letter is just one of over 50,000 that letter-enthusiast Andrew Carroll (Letters of a Nation) received after Abigail Van Buren publicized his Legacy Project in her Dear Abby column. Out of this treasure trove he selected 150, spanning 130 years of warfare from the Civil War to Bosnia. While there are letters from such notables as General William Tecumseh Sherman and even Julia Childs, most were written by uncelebrated but dearly loved soldiers from barracks, trenches, and flooded foxholes and by combat journalists, nurses, and family members on the home front.

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