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“Riveting. . . a testament to a misconceived war, and to the ease with which ordinary men, under certain conditions, can transform into monsters.”—New York Times Book Review

This is the story 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, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country’s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time.

Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb attacks, suffering from a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one Black Heart platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion—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 U.S. forces have committed during the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her and her family. Three other 1st Platoon soldiers would be overrun at a remote outpost—one killed immediately and two taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses found days later booby-trapped with explosives.

Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

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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.”
Washington 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

“Gripping. . . . A model of extended reportage on a multifaceted subject.”
Chicago Sun-Times

"Panoramic. . . . Gritty."
Chicago Tribune

"BLACK HEARTS is a gripping account of a single incident involving some of the most despicable actions by U.S. soldiers since the My Lai massacre in Vietnam....It would be good for our nation and our military if the examples of bad leadership exposed by Jim Frederick in BLACK HEARTS become a subject of study in our military education system."
Military Review

“Black Hearts shows how a broken system broke its men. . . . Engrossing and enraging, a chronology of combat and crime reported with compassion."
Army Times

“Every military leader should read Black Hearts. With empathy and clear-eyed understanding, Frederick reveals why some men fail in battle, and how others struggle to redeem themselves. An absorbing, honest and instructive investigation into the nature of leadership under stress.”
—Bing West, author of The Village and The Strongest Tribe

"Intense. . . . Fast-paced and highly detailed, this volume is difficult to put down. "
Publishers Weekly, starred review, "Pick of the Week"

"Frederick’s...compassion for all parties involved has enabled him to get an amount of cooperation from all of them that makes the book an exceptionally rich and valuable document of an aspect of the war the coverage of which is not always free from political bias or just plain sloppiness."
Booklist

"Harrowing account of the atmospherics, commission and aftermath of a war crime. In March 2006, deployed in the south of Baghdad, the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division faced a countryside in uproar. Arguably the most dangerous spot in an extremely dangerous country, the Triangle of Death featured IEDs that made every Humvee ride “an exercise in terror” and a civilian population indistinguishable from the death-dealing armed militias. With too few men to mount proper patrols and suicide car bombings and videotaped beheadings circulating to instill an extra bit of horror, every soldier had to endure constant stress and resist hating the very people they were charged with protecting. Relying on scores of interviews with soldiers and Iraqis, journals, letters, classified reports and investigations, Frederick carefully reconstructs the events that led to the breakdown of 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, when four soldiers raped and killed an Iraqi girl and murdered her family. War atrocities, of course, are as old as Achilles’ rage, and why particular soldiers succumb to madness and surrender their honor, while others who have undergone the same hardships don’t, remains a mystery. Still, the author answers the questions he can, plumbing 1st Platoon’s psychological isolation, a consequence of having three of their leaders killed in a two-week period, the resulting disarray compounded by a leadership vacuum and by constant, invidious comparisons by senior officers with Bravo’s other platoons. Their heightened sense of self-pity, the belief that they faced unevenly distributed risks and the perceived disrespect or indifference of high command—all these factors created the conditions that led to an unspeakable crime. While never absolving the four perpetrators of their individual responsibility, Frederick makes clear that the atrocity had identifiable antecedents and spreads blame much wider than four out-of-control GIs. A riveting picture of life outside the wire in Iraq, where ''[y]ou tell a guy to go across a bridge, and within five minutes he’s dead.''"
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

Jim Frederick was a contributing editor at TIME Magazine. He was previously editor of its International editions, editor of TIME.com, and TIME''s Tokyo Bureau Chief. 
 
He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Black Hearts: One Platoon''s Descent into Madness in Iraq''s Triangle of Death" (Crown Publishing, 2010) which the New York Times Book Review called "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." The Guardian called it "the best book by far about the Iraq war - a rare combination of cold truth and warm compassion." 
 
Since publication,"Black Hearts" has been required reading at West Point, and it was the focus of the military academy''s Mission Command Conference in 2017 - an annual event on leadership. Organizers described "Black Hearts" as "a case study focusing on ethics and organizational breakdowns within war-fighting units." Attendees included the graduating class of 1000 cadets as well as operational representatives from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division.
 
Frederick is also co-author, with former U.S. Army Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins, of "The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea," (University of California Press, 2008) which Commentary magazine called "one of the most important and devastating accounts of life inside a totalitarian society." He graduated with a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and received an MBA from New York University''s Stern School of Business. Frederick died suddenly in 2014 shortly after he and his wife moved from New York City to San Francisco to focus on writing books and screenplays.

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J. McFarland
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Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2017
Must read for any military leader. We have a problem with toxic leadership, and I can confirm the author''s assessment of the toxicity in this command. While I wasn''t there, I worked for two of the people involved after they had been PROMOTED and sent to the pentagon.
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Good, but sometimes a challenge to keep up with
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
This is an important story, but it sometimes a challenge to read. Unless you''re already familiar with military structure and routines, it''s sometimes hard to follow the story. Once I finished the book, I realized there were some appendixes with additional clarifying... See more
This is an important story, but it sometimes a challenge to read. Unless you''re already familiar with military structure and routines, it''s sometimes hard to follow the story. Once I finished the book, I realized there were some appendixes with additional clarifying information, but I didn''t know they were there until I was done. There are also a lot of people involved in this story and it was sometimes hard to keep things straight, especially regarding their conflicts.

Frederick decided to situation the horrific murders of an Iraqi family in the larger context of U.S. military dysfunction. I think this probably was the right context, but it had the unfortunate impact of sometimes making the family seem like side characters in the story of their own murder.
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Eagle101
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Shocking and disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
I served in this regiment a long time ago and was shocked by many things in this book. I was shocked the lack of effective leadership, lack of discipline among some of the Soldiers and the lack of planning by the unit''s senior leadership. I also admired their ability to... See more
I served in this regiment a long time ago and was shocked by many things in this book. I was shocked the lack of effective leadership, lack of discipline among some of the Soldiers and the lack of planning by the unit''s senior leadership. I also admired their ability to continue to carry out their duties in those circumstances.
Now I wasn''t there with them so I won''t cast judgement on some of the Solder''s actions but the murder and rape was disgusting. Those found guilty all deserved the judgement handed down to them.
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Gripping, heartbreaking, infuriating
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2013
"Black Hearts" is a brilliant description of combat as seen through the eyes of Bravo Company in the darkest days of the Iraq War. It serves as a case study for the negative impacts of poor leadership in today''s Army and the general effects of heavy combat on young and... See more
"Black Hearts" is a brilliant description of combat as seen through the eyes of Bravo Company in the darkest days of the Iraq War. It serves as a case study for the negative impacts of poor leadership in today''s Army and the general effects of heavy combat on young and strung-out soldiers.

Frederick tells his story masterfully, obviously passionate about his subject, but remaining subjective enough to where he is able to describe things in such a manner that the reader is able to make their own decisions. This story is nothing short of a tragedy, and by the end, the reader is absolutely appalled at much of the cast of characters, many of whom work to bring about a series of horrible events for all parties involved.. The description of daily life is unbelievable for anyone who thinks they knew what the war was like for American troops. The multi-day stints at poorly defended checkpoints manned by three or four privates with zero supervision is something I didn''t realize happened. The descriptions of combat are also top-notch, particularly one very gripping passage about the mental anguish soldiers faced while simply driving around, wondering if each second would be their last at the hands of a massive IED.

Many characters in the story are sympathetic, generally at the platoon or company level, while the battalion level leadership is shown to be infuriatingly incompetent. I was especially incensed at the end, where you find out (SPOILER ALERT) that Kunk was promoted to colonel and Bravo''s sympathetic yet clearly incompetent commander is an operations officer somewhere in the Army. Frederick doesn''t make these judgements, but it is difficult not to make them yourself, for right or wrong. The abduction of US troops and the murder of an Iraqi family, while horrifying in their own right and very well described, are almost caveats to the overall story about this ill-fated group of men trying to survive their year in Iraq.

Overall, this is an incredible book that serves to show a lot of what was (and still is) wrong with the Army''s senior leadership. Still, even though there are antagonists at every level here, Frederick isn''t indicating the US Army; there are good guys too, and plenty of them, which the author makes extremely clear. I''m glad to see the Army is taking this book seriously and using it as a learning tool for its leaders. This is a hugely important book and I can''t thank Jim Frederick enough for writing it.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2010
There are two reasons I purchased this book. The first is that enough time has passed in the Iraq War that a well-researched author can start to provide some historical perspective on the various events of the war (including how unspeakable war crimes like this one can... See more
There are two reasons I purchased this book. The first is that enough time has passed in the Iraq War that a well-researched author can start to provide some historical perspective on the various events of the war (including how unspeakable war crimes like this one can happen). The second is that I have known the author personally, though I''ve not spoken with him in well over a decade (we attended one of the same schools). People change as they go through life of course... The whole point of my stating this is to drive home the point that I have no agenda here and have never spoken to Jim about any professional project, including this one.

I simply discovered a book on Amazon that covers a subject I wanted to know more about, which happens to be written by an old classmate whom I always respected. Jim Frederick the editor was always honest, extremely diligent in his research and preparations for a project, and he was tireless. It seems, based on what I found in this book, Jim has lost none of those traits as an author. He has much to be proud of...

...I have to confess: I rarely read books of this length and when I do, it often takes me a good month to finish. Despite best intentions, my attention wanders or I get lazy and turn on the TV, etc. I read this book in 4 days. The story that Jim conveys is equal parts dismaying, tragic, and anger-inducing. There were even a few moments of muffled laughter as I tried to keep quiet while my wife slept (Army types are nothing if not supremely gifted with the expletives). But it was the kind of laughter you feel when you gather with friends and family after an unexpected death and start exchanging stories... you don''t want to laugh because (in this case), what''s happening through the 9 or so months of the deployment is anything but good, but somehow the mind copes with laughter. I would laugh and immediately feel regret because of what these men were dealing with on a daily basis (and surely many others like them in both Iraq and Afghanistan). Today, when I read "Allied soldiers killed in _____," it evokes a different reaction than it did 5 days ago. I was always sad to hear the news (and appreciative of their sacrifices), but now I am appreciative in a different way.

What I love about this book:
1) You get to know the men of Bravo... to understand from the moment they deployed until after it was over, what happened to them as individuals, and as a team that slowly became dysfunctional. You start to see the men for who they are, including several of the commanding officers. Mind you these are NOT judgements the author makes. Like any good journalistic writer, he laid out the facts as he understood them, so the reader can judge for themselves. To be honest, I''m not sure how he remained detached in his writing; I doubt I could have.

2) The gritty details: the heated dialogs; the total frustration of the men; the things they did every day; even the geography, poverty and unpredictability of the place they served. This is the right way to "keep it real" without going overboard or letting it become a gratuitous exercise in "shock value". In an ideal world, Jim should assemble a team to research and write an hour''s worth of news for us every week; we''d all be a hell of a lot more educated and better off for it. So refreshing to skip the fluff, the vapid soundbites, and the spin that the mainstream (especially television) media crams down our throats. I learned more about the Iraq war in the last 4 days reading this book than the last four YEARS of watching the news. That says something both about the author and our television media. If you want to learn anything substantial, turn off the television and READ.

3) Gaining a better understanding of modern warfare... the confusion, the valor, the locals, the incompetence, all of it. You learn real quick the military is not the simple machine we are taught to believe, with four cogs or moving parts (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) and everyone following orders all of the time. The human dynamics are laid bare and suddenly you understand: these aren''t automatons... they are (mostly) well-meaning, dedicated, flawed, sometimes fearless, or even selfish and scared human beings. War is not only hell; it is human chaos and this book shows you why.

What could have been better:
1) The book was a bit difficult to follow in a few spots, partly because I don''t have a great understanding of military hierarchies, and partly because there is quite a bit of back and forth as events unfold. It can be confusing to know who was where on the "org chart", who was responsible for which guys, etc. The good news is there is information in the back of the book about how the Army units are subdivided from Division down to the squad level, including typical ranks of those who lead each unit... but you don''t know it''s there until the end. Similarly there were only a couple maps. I think if the Army backgrounder were shown near the start of the story somewhere, and there were maps and pictures interspersed throughout (this was likely a publisher decision based on budgets and printing press issues), it would have been easier to follow.

2) Almost too large a cast of characters, however it is almost unavoidable because in order to truly understand the dynamic --which guys'' decisions are acting upon the other players and what results-- you have to cover many people and understand their take on things as the story evolves.

3) Some chapters skip around too much. You get into one line of thinking, following a particular squad of guys, and then suddenly you jump to something (as a lay person) that seems unrelated, but which may not be. IOW it can be difficult to connect the dots at certain points. But never so much so that you lose the big picture; that sticks with you well after you put the book down for the night... that''s why I read this in 4 days. I genuinely *needed* to understand what was happening as things lead up to this nightmare.

Overall, the minor flaws of this book are easily overlooked IMO. If you stick with it you will be rewarded with a better understanding of how it is these men and women sacrifice for their country (and for another country), as well as a better understanding of the military and how war crimes like this can take place. Definitely recommended if you have an interest in these types of subjects. This is NOT a work of fiction in any sense of the word, and is not about "entertainment", so if that''s what you''re looking for, go read whichever author has displaced Tom Clancy as the military novelist of the day (I honestly don''t know the answer to that question). :)
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Patrick D. Mahaney
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First rate reporting
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2010
Frederick''s work is really first rate reporting. One of the best accounts of infantrymen in day to day operations to come out of the Iraq war. Frederick''s well-researched and well-developed reporting of first platoon, B Company 1/502 is deeply troubling. The first platoon... See more
Frederick''s work is really first rate reporting. One of the best accounts of infantrymen in day to day operations to come out of the Iraq war. Frederick''s well-researched and well-developed reporting of first platoon, B Company 1/502 is deeply troubling. The first platoon was unfit to go into combat by all accounts, but went anyway. The chain of command failed this platoon, although I suspect some of the soldiers (an unknown number) were simply unfit to serve in the U.S. Army in the first place and should never have been allowed to enlist, much less complete basic and AIT and subsequently deploy as infantrymen into combat. No amount of hands-on leadership and direct supervision can change a psychopath into a decent soldier.

The 1/502 battalion commander was clearly a ''nut job'' of the first order; the company commander weak and woefully inadquate as a unit leader. The expected NCO leadership within the platoon was noticeably absent. There was a systemic failure of leadership from battalion down to squad level.

It is easy to critize the platoon, but the real responsibility rests at the top - the President and SecDef Rumsfeld - for giving the division an unstated mission, with no clear guidence, and inadequate resources. I was there in Iraq at the same time (Dec. 2004-May 2006), to include the time of the "abduction" of the three soldiers from first platoon. It is not easy to explain to the reader the complex, uncertain political-military situation that existed at the time, or the oppressive heat, dust, and general stench of Iraq, or the deepening distrust and dislike that developed between U.S. forces and the Iraqis. IEDs were the main source of frustration - and it was widely believed that Iraqi army and police forces were active participants in the planning and execution of the insurgent IED campaign. The longer one stayed in Iraq, the less trust and goodwill was extended to the Iraqis.

Frederick does an excellent job in tying together the "big picture" with the day to day activities of the first platoon, that will eventually result in the rape and murder of an Iraqi family. Frederick lays out this sordid crime in detail. It was this rape/murder, coupled with the significant breach in security and lack of supervision that shortly thereafter resulted in the "abduction" of the three soldiers from the first platoon.

There was a very well written short article by former lieutenant Frederick Downs called "Death and the Dark Side of Command" that was published in Parameters some twenty years ago. Frederick''s work Black Hearts just reinforces in greater detail Downs'' earlier observation that some soldiers in the U.S. Army are deceitful, untrustworthy, malcontents, criminal in conduct, and even pschopathic in personality. It is the responsibility of the chain of command to identify and separate these persons at the earliest opportunity.

Clearly, the battalion and company chain of command failed to provide the proper leadership needed during the deployment. First platoon B-1/502 was in many respects a disaster just waiting to happen. It finally happened one day in March 2006 when this disfunctional unit went badly off-course.

I found Black Hearts to be military writing of the highest order. One of the best books to come out of the Iraq war to date. Anyone interested in small unit leadership will want to read this book.
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War is Hell
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2010
Jim Frederick''s "Black Hearts" tells the gripping and disturbing story of one dysfunctional platoon''s tour in Iraq in 2005-2006. The platoon endured heavy casualties during its deployment but is most noted for two infamous incidents during its tour: the raping of a 14... See more
Jim Frederick''s "Black Hearts" tells the gripping and disturbing story of one dysfunctional platoon''s tour in Iraq in 2005-2006. The platoon endured heavy casualties during its deployment but is most noted for two infamous incidents during its tour: the raping of a 14 year-old Iraqi girl and murder of her and her family by four of its members, and the capture (and killing) of two of its members a few months later. "Black Hearts" is an engaging, gritty, uncensored story of brutality and an essential read for anyone interested in the current war in Iraq.

The book is based on extensive interviews with many members of that platoon along with the official investigations into many of the events in this book. Frederick draws out the personal stories of most of the platoon members and he paints real, balanced pictures of each of them. He avoids any shallow caricatures of the participants as "good guys" and "bad guys."

At times, this book reads like a clichéd story from the Vietnam War - with soldiers using drugs and alcohol, slapping around the locals, and going crazy from the stress and wanting to kill the local civilians. On one level his is the story of how men will deteriorate in extended combat, especially men without troubled backgrounds. On another level this book is an indictment of the platoon''s leadership at every level and how the Army failed to support them or give them the resources needed to accomplish their missions. And finally, this is the story of how their country failed these men by putting them in such untenable situations, by senior leadership in the Army and civilian leadership that did not understand the war or the right way to fight it (by trying to fight a counterinsurgency campaign with so few soldiers and without understanding the need to win the support of the local people).

This is an important book that shows how men can breakdown in extended combat and how leaders can fail their men. It is an intense and troubling read that will linger with me for a long time. All members of the military should read it to learn those lessons, as well as anyone truly interested in an on-the-ground view of the war in Iraq.
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Noblehops
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An important book, a work of great integrity
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2011
I read this book to try to understand what it was like ''on the ground'' in Iraq, and for sure, now I feel like I do a lot better than before. Frederick may have set out to write about one particular platoon''s spiral into insanity, but it seems like he quickly found that the... See more
I read this book to try to understand what it was like ''on the ground'' in Iraq, and for sure, now I feel like I do a lot better than before. Frederick may have set out to write about one particular platoon''s spiral into insanity, but it seems like he quickly found that the narrative wold be incomplete without providing more of a setting. I was struck throughout the book by the pains Frederick obviously took to be compassionate yet objective, not to separate horrific events and deeds from the horrific, insane backdrop of the war, and the situations our front line soldiers are sometimes put in. I came away from the reading of this book a bit disturbed, a bit angry, at the things we ask these men and women to do, and how little effort we truly spend to understand what happens to them as a result.

PFC Green was obviously a sick and deeply disturbed young man, and in fact he made no effort to disguise that. The fact that he was allowed to serve in the Army at all is pretty disturbing.

Frederick worked very hard on this book and I feel like he did a balanced and fair job of reporting the events. If anything I came away from the reading of this with greater understanding, respect and appreciation for the men and women of our armed forces.
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Bryn Griffith
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Engrossing and devastating.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2017
It is about 5 years now since I read this book and it''s still with me. The unremitting combat stress under which the soldiers existed is so palpable that the terrible deeds they carried out, and for which they were punished, become understandable. To understand is not to...See more
It is about 5 years now since I read this book and it''s still with me. The unremitting combat stress under which the soldiers existed is so palpable that the terrible deeds they carried out, and for which they were punished, become understandable. To understand is not to excuse, but after finishing the book you are left with little doubt that the bulk of the blame lies with their seniors who completely failed in their duty of care for the people under their command. I''m not someone who typically reads this kind of material but I found it utterly engrossing and devastating.
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Christopher Lacey
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When men crack, there is really no predicting what acts they will perpetrate.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2016
I''ve always wondered how anybody could commit the types of acts carried out by soldiers Green, Cortez and Barker. While I believe that we all have a dark side and are all capable of some pretty horrific acts, given the right circumstances and stimuli, I believe that the...See more
I''ve always wondered how anybody could commit the types of acts carried out by soldiers Green, Cortez and Barker. While I believe that we all have a dark side and are all capable of some pretty horrific acts, given the right circumstances and stimuli, I believe that the majority of us would be unable to cross the line that these soldiers did. However, having read this book, I have some small level of sympathy for these men, though much, much more for their victims. They were thrust into a situation under which the strongest men would be likely to crack - having friends and fellow soldiers daily being blown to pieces by IEDs, ambushed, shot, abducted and tortured to death, without any effective counseling or relief from duties which placed them all in similar danger. The leadership was unsympathetic and surprisingly ineffectual. The wonder of it all is that more of the soldiers didn''t succumb to the same temptations.
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David Austin
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Essential Reading: Understanding 21st Century Warfare
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2012
Unfortunately, I must start on a negative note. This book is presented to the public by the publisher, certainly in its paperback form, as some sort of roller-coaster thriller which happens to be a true story. If you are, in fact, looking for some sort of first-hand true...See more
Unfortunately, I must start on a negative note. This book is presented to the public by the publisher, certainly in its paperback form, as some sort of roller-coaster thriller which happens to be a true story. If you are, in fact, looking for some sort of first-hand true account of non-stop action I recommend Dan Mills'' Sniper One. With the publisher using phrases on the cover such as ''descent into madness'' and words like ''climax'', ''intense'' and ''fast-paced'' the casual observer might even pick this book up believing it to be fiction, and if that is what they are looking for I recommend they watch Apocalypse Now or read Conrad''s Heart of Darkness; better still do both. Now, onto what this book is really about. This is a detailed investigation of a single atrocity and the events and circumstances leading up to and surrounding the soldiers and battalion involved. It is presented in the very best of journalistic tradition - at times one can sense the author''s struggle to not pass any personal judgement - and is exceptionally detailed, revealing and sympathetic. You can read other reviews for information regarding this event. What I will add is that I believe this book to be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the stresses and strains placed on the modern ''western'' soldier, especially in the US forces where tours of duty are much too long and often enforced second or even third tours. Beyond that, it is equally useful reading for any student of psychology and even students of organizational theory and ledership. In fact, I would warn any reader who is not au fait with terms such as ''The Pygmalion Effect'' that they ensure they have psychiatric reference sources available to them during reading. With due deference to the appalling subject matter, especially to those directly involved on both sides and generally to anyone who esteems NATO''s armed forces, this book is an exciting recounting of a company''s deployment in the most extreme of circumstances, terifically well researched, edited and presented and deeply, deeply disturbing. Excellent.
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Harrowing account of leadership failures
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2019
Picked this up after seeing it on a summer reading list. A fantastic read for anyone interested not just in the conflict but in what happens when leadership fails. A must not just for those in the military but anyone in a leadership position
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Harrowing in depth review of a platoon''s descent into darkness in Iraq 2006
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2016
A must read account of 1st platoon, bravo company''s descent into darkness leading to the rape and murder of a young girl and her family, and the abduction and death of other soldiers from the platoon. But these two harrowing incidents, as horrific as they are, are not even...See more
A must read account of 1st platoon, bravo company''s descent into darkness leading to the rape and murder of a young girl and her family, and the abduction and death of other soldiers from the platoon. But these two harrowing incidents, as horrific as they are, are not even the main thrust of the book. Instead it analyses in detail how the platoon were the unfortunate victims of circumstance. Poor upper leadership, combined with deaths and injuries to direct local leadership, lead to the almost inevitable fracturing of ethics and morality in a group of men driven to the edge. The book asks the question, why do some people break and commit heinous crimes while others stand tall and resist. It doesn''t answer that question, but I suggest it shows that as civilised as we all consider ourselves to be, it is finite and that when pushed long and hard enough, eventually it will run out. A book that is on the USMC commandant''s professional reading list of career officers; an essential book I would suggest for leaders (and not just those in the military) to show how not to lead. I couldn''t recommend this more.
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