NPR: Tina Brown's Must-Reads: On Heroism

October 10th, 2013

by NPR Staff
October 10, 2013

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, joins NPR’s Steve Inskeep again for a recurring feature Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth. This month her suggestions are all about heroes — whether being heroic means doing something, or not doing something.

Revisiting Black Hawk Down

Brown’s first selection is a Daniel Klaidman piece from The Daily Beast today, looking at a fateful U.S. military operation in Somalia from the vantage point of 20 years later. Eighteen American soldiers were killed in the Battle of Mogadishu when a rescue mission — one that was later dramatized in the Ridley Scott film Black Hawk Down — went terribly wrong.

“Of course it’s now become a kind of mantra, that we don’t want to have ‘another Black Hawk Down’ … when people talk about intervention or going into a very risky place to rescue people.”

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