Mark Bowden, an Atlantic Monthly national correspondent, is an author, journalist,
screenwriter, and teacher. His book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
(1999)—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 of the
book, directed by Ridley Scott. Bowden is also the author of 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. He is also the author of Doctor Dealer (1987), Bringing
the Heat (1994), Our Finest Day (2002) and Finders Keepers (2002).
Bowden contributes regularly to major American magazines. He is also an adjunct professor at Loyola College of Maryland, where
he teaches creative writing and journalism.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1951, Bowden grew up in Illinois, New York,
and Maryland. He graduated from Loyola College of Maryland in 1973 with a B.A.
in English Literature. He lives in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Copyright © 2003 by The Atlantic Monthly Group. All rights reserved.