The book and film recount the events of a raid by 160 United States Rangers and Delta Force on a Somalian compound in the capital Mogadishu to capture two lieutenants of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who had proclaimed himself president.
The Pianist is a war film based on the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who was a renowned pianist. The film follows his struggles during the Nazi occupation of Poland and how he managed to survive the Holocaust.
While some details were changed for the film, it is still said to best capture the realism of the Vietnam war. Even some of the actors cast were members of the North Vietnamese army, which must have brought back some intense memories.