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Black Hearts: One platoon's descent into madness in the Iraq war's triangle of death
 
 

Black Hearts: One platoon's descent into madness in the Iraq war's triangle of death [Kindle Edition]

Jim Frederick
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`In March 2006 a gang of strung out United States soldiers slaughtered an entire Iraqi family in order to cover up their rape of the 14-year old daughter. In this superlative account, Frederick's research into the platoon reveals how racism, a dysfunctional senior command, disciplinary breakdown, undiagnosed psychological disorders and the unimaginable stress of their deployment to Iraq's "Triangle of Death" all contributed to this tragedy.' --Daily Telegraph

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"Riveting. . . A narrative that combines elements of 'In Cold Blood' and 'Black Hawk Down' with a touch of 'Apocalypse Now' as it builds toward its terrible climax....Frederick's extraordinary book is a testament to a misconceived war, and to the ease with which ordinary men, under certain conditions, can transform into monsters. . . . Extraordinary."
—"New York Times Book Review"
 
“Meticulous. . . . Demands to be read.”
—"Washi"ngton Post""
 
"Frederick, taking the story through to the surprising effect of the beheadings, the conclusion of the war crime trials and the impact that they had on the Iraqi relatives of the slain and the members of Bravo Company, tells the complex story in raw, compassionate and exact detail. "Black Hearts" should be taught at West Point, Annapolis, and wherever else the styles and consequences of combat leadership are studied."
—HuffingtonPost.com
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307450759
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Unabridged edition (6 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413PIE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic... riveting 2 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
Black Hearts is the most extraordinary work of nonfiction. Jim Frederick tells the story of the entire deployment of a group of soldiers in the triangle of death who suffered the most terrible losses and were under attack almost every day. They lived outside the wire in "the most dangerous place at the most dangerous time" in Iraq. Black Hearts is not just for those who like war books, it's a book for anyone who wants to read about characters, about human character, how it is tested, about how war really is (some passages are difficult to read, so raw and real), how humans interact, how they behave under the kind of pressure most of us will never have to suffer. This book is for anyone who wants to read a beautifully crafted tale, sensitively and fairly handled. You feel as if you were there, watching the soldiers the whole time, willing them to step back two inches, a step that would spare the insurgent a clean shot; urging leaders to choose this course of action, not the one that results in yet more losses, with little overall gain; urging those who ended up committing the worst crimes of the war to hold back, to dig deeper, find the good in their character, to spare the innocent Iraqis their lives, their brothers-in-arms the inevitable tainted-by-association. Black Hearts is about leadership, about friendship, about the extraordinary tests on the character of a person, why those who endure the same things cope, or don't. It's about why some people choose to behave the way they do. (The chapter on the rape of the girl and murder of her family by 4 soldiers --all now in jail in the US -- is extremely difficult to stomach.) There's nothing Hollywood -- though it would make the most incredible movie actually -- or sanitized about Black Hearts, so real are the characters and images conveyed. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true insight 25 Oct 2010
By geordie
Format:Paperback
Iraq has almost become a forgotten conflict in this day and age of 24 hour news channels as its too easy to ignore the life and death stories that seem to run on a constant loop and sadly become little more than 'background noise'. I fully appreciate that those with family and friends in the armed forces will no doubt take exception to that comment and I can assure you that no offence is intended but I do think that I speak for many people in the street.
Reading this book brought the whole situation back to the forefront of my mind and more importantly gave a valuable insight into just why the mighty American war machine is - on the whole - failing. Whilst the book sets out to investigate and comment upon a specific horrific war crime committed by a small group of American soldiers, and again I dont not want to underplay the seriousness of the crime in question, for me the incident almost became secondary to the broader topic addressed by the author. What comes across loud and clear is that due to the escalation in conflicts across the globe the services are facing a shortfall in personnel and are being forced to recruit men and women who quite frankly are clearly unsuitable for the role. This situation is compounded be the fact that the leadership and support provided to the armed forces is at best lacking, at worst downright none existant. While I can understand that modern warfare relies heavily on technological advancements the book for me at least hammered home that while billion dollar gadgets have their place they simply cannot and do not replace the need to have well trained, well equiped and well lead soldiers on the ground.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the triangle of death 26 May 2014
By wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I have to say I dont normally read non fiction military books, but do find tv documentaries on the subject insightful, fascinating and gripping.
So I came to this book thinking ok I will give it a go, and I have to say I was gripped from page 1.
This story of soldiers from 101st Airborne(502nd Infantry regiment) aka The Black Heart Brigade is intense, and yes graphic.but what shines through are the personalities of these soldiers in one of the most dangerous areas, known as The Triangle of Death, and the daily pressures and duress they confronted on a daily basis.There to train Iraqi, s on defending themselves against the insurgents, but knowing that anyone of those they were there to help, could quite easily turn on them with a gun, body bomb,or know where IED, s were buried but say nothing or deny knowing anything at all, La La La(meaning No) to any questions put to them.
What also comes across is not only the external conflict, but the internal conflict within the ranks, the clear and defined and often conflicting orders these boys, men and women were often asked to do.
The story is built up around the events of the rape of a 14 year old girl, and slaughter of her family, the lead up to that event and the pressures put onto the soldiers before the event occured.
And while you can never forgive what happened to that poor innocent child and her family, you really can NEVER be expected to understand or contemplate what these guys went through.Would you react, behave any differently after seeing your pals being shot up and blown to bits?
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