American journalist, author, and screenwriter. A native of St. Louis, Bowden earned his B.A. at Loyola University Maryland. In addition to his twenty-four years as a staff writer for the
Philadelphia Inquirer, Bowden has written what he calls "deep journalism" for many other publications, including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone. "Nothing will ever replace language as the medium of thought," he writes, "so nothing will replace the well-written, originally reported story, or the well-reasoned essay." His book about a failed military intervention in Somalia, Black Hawk Down (1999), earned him a national reputation and was made into a film in 2001. His ten other books range in subject from modern warfare to professional sports; the most recent is The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden (2012). See also theatlantic.com/author/mark-bowden.