I look forward to reading Mark Bowden’s newest book, Life Sentence: The Brief and Tragic Career of Baltimore's Deadliest Gang Leader, and interviewing him for my On Crime column in the Washington Times.
I’ve interviewed him several times in the past about his previous books.
I just watched a video of Mark Bowden, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and editor, being interviewed by former Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow at the Philadelphia Free Library.
The event took place on April 11th. The discussion was not only about his book, but also about reporters, journalism, crime, the history of Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. (I was a contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer for 19 years before moving over to the Washington Times).
It was a most interesting discussion.
Below is the Philadelphia Free Library’s description of the two speakers:
Renowned for his “signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling (The New York Times Book Review),” Mark Bowden is a former national correspondent for The Atlantic and a former longtime reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of 16 bestselling books of investigative journalism, including Black Hawk Down, adapted by Ridley Scott into a popular film; Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam; Hue 1968, the story of the Vietnam War’s bloodiest battle as told by U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers; and The Steal, an account of former President Donald Trump and his allies’ attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election that he co-authored with Matthew Teague. In Life Sentence, Bowden writes about the inner workings of one of Baltimore’s deadliest gangs and details the painstaking FBI investigation that brought it down.
As a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bill Marimow twice won the Pulitzer Prize for public service. The editor in chief of the Inquirer from 2006 to 2017 and formerly its vice president of strategic development, he also served as vice president of news at National Public Radio and editor in chief of The Baltimore Sun. His other honors include two Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association and two Robert F. Kennedy awards.
You can watch the discussion via the below link: