President's Lecture Series


Mark Bowden: Correspondent, Journalist, Screenwriter, Teacher and Author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War


Mark Bowden

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President's Lecture Series; Annual Literary Festival


Mark Bowden, an Atlantic Monthly national correspondent, is an author, journalist, screenwriter and teacher. His book "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War" - an international bestseller that spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list - was a finalist for the National Book Award. Bowden also worked on the screenplay for "Black Hawk Down," a film adaptation directed by Ridley Scott.

Bowden also wrote the international bestseller "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw" (2001), which tells the story of the hunt for Colombian cocaine billionaire Pablo Escobar. "Killing Pablo" won the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award as the best book in 2001 and is currently being adapted for film, with Bowden again writing the screenplay.

In addition, he is the author of "Doctor Dealer" (1987), "Bringing the Heat" (1994), "Our Finest Day" (2002) and "Finders Keepers" (2002). Bowden's most recent books are "Guests of the Ayatollah," an account of the 1979-81 Iran hostage crisis, and "The Best Game Ever," the story of the 1958 NFL championship game.

Bowden is a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He teaches journalism and creative writing at his alma mater, Loyola College of Maryland.


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