Michael J. Durant: In The Company Of Heroes



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 elicopter 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 DownMichael Durrant is the pilot of one of the two blackhawk Birds, Beasts, and Bandits 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 waseld captive for 11 daysThis is the story of is survial and experience in the ands of the enemyOne of the things that I really liked about this book is that Durrant never considers The Accidental Startup himself aero He states that I not a The Man in the High Castle hero I am just a chopper pilot who got shot down He is veryumble and tries to deflect credit to the Rangers and Delta Force operators who gave their lives to try to protect and Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg helpim This was a really good first A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires hand account of the experiences of Mike Durant duringis capture and captivity in Somalia after is Blackhawk went down Durant doesn t shy away from telling it like it ishow e saw it The author also gives you glimpses into the This was for the most part an interesting straightforward account of Michael Durant s time in the military focusing primarily on the downing of Naturalistless his Blackhawk over Mogadishu Somalia andis 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 is struggles and triumphs are believably eroic I find the psychology of the military aviator fascinating my favorite book on this topic Chickenhawk is a 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 Babys Mealtime 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 protectim 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 The Miracle Equation hostage by Aidids croniesThe book chronicles Mike s time in custody of these butchers and it is an overly positive report I believee wrote it as an The Dawn of Modern Thought homage to all the soldiers who were withim during this ordeal especially Gordon and ShughartI was just looking through it while writing this and it s apparent that this story deserves my re read and The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, highlight treatment I just finished reading Black Hawk Down and in some ways I liked this one even Durant was the only American POW captured by Somalis afteris Black Hawk Super Six Four crashed in Mogadishu He describes in great detail the battle from the view of Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man his chopper the crash and the soldiers who were killed trying to protectim He also describes being paraded through the streets by Somalis and is days in captivity Disclosure Piloting a US Army Special Operations Blackhawk over Somalia Michael Durant was shot down with a rocket propelled grenade.

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E I ighly recommend this book 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 Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 h Iad 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 uite well If like myself you re expecting a balanced account of Mike s experience in Somalia you may be let downAbout Goethean Science half the book is taken up with anecdotes and memories thatave 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 ad 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 is position one little bit Digital Crossroads he didn tave electrodes connected to is genitals either Again misleading and typical sensationalism It s a pity to let the facts get in the way of a good story I guessAnother 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 e was story telling for the lowest common denominator and maximum sales It is a shame Hartov s audience wasn t treated to a impressive display of descriptive talentFurther in the introduction Hartov makes an issue out of the thorough research performed and The Einstein Theory of Relativity how Mike s story was checked with others involved even to the extent of going to Somalia and talking tois captors This book would How to Negotiate Your First Job have benefited significantly if the memory lane stuffad been reduced some is useful to set the scene and the perspective of others directly involved ad 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 im 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 Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, have added real balance and given a accurate 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 storyAll things considered it was a pretty good read and I salute Mike s bravery and resolve Fortunately and correctly Mike doesn t putimself forward as a The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore hero rathere as indicated in the title gives full credit to Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber his fellow soldiers But I strongly suspect another author not Hartov couldave done a far better job and presented a insightful account An opportunity missed I think I read this book after reading Black Hawk Down which in spite of it s lengthiness I was glued to This book New Exploration 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 fictionespecially military fiction or anyone who should pull theiread out of the sand and learn about what really The Shaping of Western Civilization happened in Somalia 1993 and the sacrifices theseeroic men mad. E tells the story of what e saw ow The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles he survived and the courage anderoism that only soldiers under fire could ever know.

Ike Durant is a personal friendThe truth behind the movie Black Hawk Down with the incredible true story by Mike DurantIf 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 Medicine and Religion he was dragged through the streets of MogadishuTheostilities in Somalia The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, have been debated in articles books documentaries and now finally in the words of Mike Durant Durant explained to me that the movie ends withim in captivity He thought Wow many people are wondering What Valentino happened to that guy I vead a lot of people ask me How did you get out of there and what appened to you In the Company of Heroes pays omage to the men who served with Shunned him in Somalia Plain and simple I can tell you that the only reason I mere today is because of Gary and Randy The commando sergeants who came to Mr Durant s aide were posthumously awarded the Medal of HonorIn addition to is captivity in Somalia Mr Durant s book shares a uniue look at the life of the US Special Forces One of the most uniue 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 SomaliaSome of the intriguing behind the scene information about the books is that Mr Durant ad to purchase the rights to use the photos of Oba, the Last Samurai himself The many photos that we often see on cable news networks are copyrighted ande was charged to include them in the book Durant was very pleased that the group AC DC allowed Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, him to use the lyrics to one of their songs without chargeA remarkable story a remarkable man Great book great story solid writingOkay soere s one of my deep dark secrets secretly I really love army action movies like Black Hawk Down my usband 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 owever until I was reviewing pictures of Facebook of a local speaking engagement The Wood Demon he gave I never realized thate First Shapes had written a book aboutis time behind enemy lines in Mogadishu I immediately put it on Dispatches from Dystopia hold at the Library Iave 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 Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) his story The seuence 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 alsois 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 Ancient World 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 24ours For me with a nonfiction book this is a great accomplishment and the testament of a great storyIf you ve watched the movie Black Hawk Down but never ventured into the back story of Michael Durant s time as a Somali captiv. On October 3 1993 With devastating injuries e was taken prisoner by a Somali warlord With revealing insight and emotion

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