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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Bowden  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri


Illinois Connection

Mark grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Bowden is a bestselling author, journalist, educator, and film producer. He is the author of ''The Best Game Ever'', ''Bringing the Heat'', ''Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah''. His book ''Black Hawk Down; A Story of Modern War'', is an international bestseller, which spent more than a year on The New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. It is a story of the bloody 1993 battle American soldiers fought in Mogadishu, Somalia. In 2001, it was made into a feature film directed by Ridley Scott.For 22 years, he wrote a weekly column for ''The Philadelphia Inquirer''. Over the years he has written for ''Vanity Fair'', ''The Atlantic Monthly'', ''The New Yorker'', ''Men's Journal'', ''Sports Illustrated'' and ''Rolling Stone''. He also teaches creative writing and journalism as an adjunct professor at Loyola College of Maryland. Bowden currently resides in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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-- Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award as the best book of 2001 for ''Killing Pablo'' Finalist, National Book Award in 1999 for ''Black Hawk Down