Black Hearts

Black Hearts

One Platoon's Descent Into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

Book - 2010
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This is an unflinching account of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment--a unit known as "the Black Heart Brigade." Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq's so-called Triangle of Death, the Black Hearts found themselves in the country's most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily attacks, suffering a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one platoon descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes of the Iraq War--the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her family. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers, this is a timeless story about the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307450753
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 FRE NVD
Characteristics: xxiii, 439 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm


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Jun 18, 2016

Good book, recommended by library. I'm not as stuffy as those other 2 comments, but if you are a regular person who enjoys a good read about war, you will like this book.

Jun 29, 2014

Not only does Frederick write an illuminating account on how atrocities happen in war, his exhaustive account of the botched Iraq invasion and how it affected this platoon in particular is chilling, riveting and should be required reading for our leaders before they march off to war.

debwalker Apr 02, 2011

From an editor at Time magazine, the riveting account of an Iraq war atrocity and the nightmarish conditions that made it possible.
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