When I saw the movie for the first time, I was utterly amazed. The movie was very graphic and very well done, one of my top 5 war movies ever. What I found astounding was how well-armed the everyday citizen was in the city. Seemed like everyone had the Russian made AK47 or a rocket launcher of some sort. The book is equally as gripping and fast paced.
As the author can make the story as long as he wants, compared to time restraints of a movie, Mark Bowden does a great job of telling the background stories of the soldiers involved. He even tells the stories and background of the people who lived in the city of Mogadishu and why they hated the Americans so much. I also like how he stayed with the stories of the soldiers and their families after the conflict was over. A great book and a thrilling read!