Black Hearts (book)


'Combines elements of "In Cold Blood" and "Black Hawk Down" with "Apocalypse Now" as it builds towards its terrible climax...Extraordinary' - "New York Times". It's Iraq's 'Triangle of Death', 2005. A platoon of young soldiers from a U.S. regiment known as 'the Black Heart Brigade' begins a year-long deployment in a veritable meat grinder of counter-insurgency just south of Baghdad. Almost immediately, the attacks begin: every day another roadside bomb, another colleague blown to pieces. As the daily violence chips away, and chips away at their sanity, the thirty-five young men of 1st Platoon, Bravo Company descend into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality - with tragic results. With severe compassion, remarkably balanced judgement and the magnetic pace of a thriller, "Black Hearts" is a timeless true story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. '"Black Hearts" is the obverse of "Band of Brothers", a story not of combat unity but of disharmony and disarray' - "Chicago Sun-Times". 'A riveting picture of life outside the wire in Iraq, where 'you tell a guy to go across a bridge, and within five minutes he's dead" - "Kirkus Reviews" (starred). [1]