Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is the author of the bestselling books Guests of The Ayatollah, Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo. He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and an occasional contributor to National Public Radio.

Black Hawk Down was a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award, and Killing Pablo received the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award for the best book of 2001. Bowden worked as a consultant and screenwriter on the film version of Black Hawk Down. He is currently adapting Killing Pablo for the screen and is writing an original screenplay for Imagine Entertainment.

He has also written for The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, among other publications. He is a former staff writer and columnist for The Inquirer. Bowden teaches journalism and creative writing at his alma mater, Loyola College of Maryland.

His column appears in The Inquirer's Currents section on Sundays.

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The Joint Special Operations raid that killed Osama bin Laden was just the climax of an effort that had begun years earlier and engaged thousands of people.
Mark Bowden is the author of "The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden," from which the following is excerpted
Just about 10 years ago, when I was working to present a 29-part serialization in The Inquirer of what would become my book Black Hawk Down, we had some discussions about presenting the story at the same time on the paper's Web site,