Books by Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is the author of BRINGING THE HEAT and DOCTOR DEALER, as well as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also written for Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone. The original series of articles which became BLACK HAWK DOW


THE FINISH by Mark Bowden
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A superb storyteller, Bowden captures the tense drama accompanying the final months of the bin Laden hunt, even as he underscores the quiet, essential work of years."
A best-selling author explains the 10-year effort to find, fix and finish the world's most-wanted terrorist Read full book review >
WORM by Mark Bowden
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"A brief, punchy reminder of our high-tech vulnerabilities."
From the author of Black Hawk Down, a different sort of blood-and-thunder heroism narrative, out on the frontiers of cybercrime. Read full book review >
THE BEST GAME EVER by Mark Bowden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 3, 2008

"Not quite on par with Bringing the Heat (1994), among the best football books ever, but surely a delight for anyone interested in the history of the NFL."
Bowden (Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam, 2006, etc.) takes a sharp look at the 1958 National Football League championship game, which featured "the greatest concentration of football talent ever assembled for a single game." Read full book review >
GUESTS OF THE AYATOLLAH by Mark Bowden
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Released: May 10, 2006

"It's a big book not to put down, but Bowden's latest will tempt readers to keep turning the pages. Altogether excellent—and its revelations of back-channel diplomatic dealings are newsworthy."
A riveting account of the 444-day Iran hostage crisis of 1979–81. Read full book review >
ROAD WORK by Mark Bowden
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Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Astute character reading and solid research combine with ingenious and stylish prose: a superior portfolio from a journalist who stays at the top of his game with remarkable consistency."
Narrative nonfiction in the mode of A.J. Liebling and Ernie Pyle, from bestselling journalist Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Mark Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Accomplished but finally dispiriting, as the wry, revealing dialogue and gritty South Philly detail give way to sour cynicism."
Drawing on the series of articles he wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday magazine, bestselling author Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999, etc.) tells the comic but ultimately pathetic true story of a loser whose life turned upside down when he stumbled on $1.2 million. Read full book review >
KILLING PABLO by Mark Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2001

"Essential reading for any aficionado of espionage scandals and Mafioso folklore."
In this riveting work of reportage, award-winning journalist Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999) details American involvement in the assassination of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian billionaire godfather of international cocaine trafficking. Read full book review >
BLACK HAWK DOWN by Mark Bowden
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Released: March 1, 1999

"Gripping, passionate, and impossible to put down."
Journalist Bowden (Bringing the Heat: A Pro Football Team's Quest for Glory, Fame, Immortality and a Bigger Piece of the Action, 1994, etc.) originally wrote this as a serialized account in the Phildalphia Inquirer; he has now crafted the pieces into a searing look at one specific incident during the US military action in Somalia. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 1994

"As incident- laden and wacky as the season was, he's too long-winded to sustain interest. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
 An ambitious, remarkably frank, but overlong and digressive chronicle of the Philadelphia Eagles' 1992 season by a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter. Read full book review >
ONCE THERE WAS A WAR by Mark Bowden
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 17, 1958

"Good journalism, yes, but good literature as well."
Steinbeck's war dispatches were memorable, not perhaps for their historical value as a record but because of the vivid personal angle, the human bits, the vitality of capturing the feel of the war as seen on a troopship, in an airbase in England, behind the lines, and so on. Read full book review >