Synopses & Reviews
The author of the bestselling Black Hawk Down will please fans and win new ones with this bracing collection of essays. Bowden is in his element charting the familiar and complex territory of American engagement in foreign conflicts as in the titular essay a tragic and nuanced account of "the worst single day in the seven year Afghan conflict" in 2008 and its repercussions for the U.S. military and the families of the American soldiers whose lives were lost. But those only familiar with Bowden's war reportage will be pleasantly surprised to discover the variety of topics he has tackled in this collection which includes a profile of Kim Jong Un that is by turns enlightening level headed and hilarious and an essay about journalism in the age of the Internet. In his introduction Bowden justly thanks the Atlantic and Vanity Fair which published the majority of pieces collected here for their continued commitment to funding quality in depth reporting. With his rigorous and respectful approach to his subjects multifaceted viewpoint and wry sense of humor Bowden proves that American journalism hasn't kicked the bucket yet. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
New York Times bestselling author Mark Bowden has had a prolific career as one of America s leading journalists and nonfiction writers. His new collection, The Three Battles of Wanat and Other True Stories, features the best of his long-form pieces on war, as well as notable profiles, sports reporting, and essays on culture.
Including pieces from the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, this collection is Bowden at his best. The titular article, The Three Battles of Wanat, tells the story of one of the bloodiest days in the War in Afghanistan and the extraordinary years-long fallout it generated within the United States military. In The Killing Machines, Bowden examines the strategic, legal, and moral issues surrounding armed drones. And in a brilliant piece on Kim Jong-un, The Bright Sun of Juche, he recalibrates our understanding of the world s youngest and most baffling dictator. Also included are profiles of newspaper scion Arthur Sulzberger; renowned defense attorney and anti-death-penalty activist Judy Clarke; and David Simon, the creator of The Wire.
Absorbing and provocative, The Three Battles of Wanat is an essential collection for fans of Mark Bowden s writing, and for anyone who enjoys first-rate narrative nonfiction."