Anyone who has read Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down or Killing Pablo knows that he is capable of putting us in the heat of a story in a way few writers can. Road Work gathers the best of his award-winning writing, from his breakout stories for the Philadelphia Inquirer to his influential pieces in the Atlantic on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether traveling to Zambia, where a team of antipoachers fights to save the black rhino, to Guantánamo Bay to expose the controversial ways America is fighting its war on terror, or to a small town in Rhode Island to penetrate the largest cocaine ring in history, Bowden takes us down rough roads previously off limits—and gives us another gripping read.
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From the time I have been in High School, I was always a Mark Bowden fan. I remember reading his articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, then later in The Atlantic. I have always found them to be very readable, interesting, and well researched, reasonably balanced, and thorough. This book is a collection of some of his works, mostly older stuff.
=== The Good Stuff ===
* As always, Bowden has got me interested in things I didn't even know I was interested in. For example, I was never really all that interested in anti-poaching enforcement by African game wardens. But after riding along with Abraham Phiri and men in the Zambian outback, I have a new respect and interest in the topic. And I certainly wouldn't want to run into Abraham on a dark savanna if I was doing something wrong.
* Bowden has a remarkable talent for capturing the story, and the story behind the story. For example, one of the essays in the book is about a corruption probe in the...
Bowden is best known for books like Black Hawk Down, but Road Work is a collection of Bowden's journalism that demonstrates the breadth of his interests and travels, as well as his gifts as a writer. Bowden has always had a sense that drew him to stories before they captured popular attention, and he has remained with stories after the short attention span of the masses has been exhausted.
Loved Black Hawk Down, can't say enough good things about it, also loved Killing Pablo, having a really hard time finishing this one, interesting stories, some of them wander and wander without really getting to the point, hard to believe all three came from the same author.
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