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Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death by [Jim Frederick]

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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 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 ...

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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0036FOGTM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown (January 30, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 30, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 25127 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 474 pages
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Jim Frederick was a contributing editor at TIME Magazine. He was previously editor of TIME's International editions, Editor of TIME.com as well as an Executive Editor. From 2006 to 2008, he was a Senior Editor in TIME's London office and, before that, 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... Extraordinary.” The Guardian called it "the best book by far about the Iraq war – a rare combination of cold truth and warm compassion.”

Studied at West Point since publication, the theme of 2017’s two-day Mission Command Conference, an annual event described as a “crash course on leadership for soon-to-be second lieutenants,” was "Black Hearts" which organizers referred to as “a case study focusing on ethics and organizational breakdowns within war-fighting units.” Attendees included not only the graduating class of over 1000 cadets, but operational representatives from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division who all took part as distinguished guest speakers, panelists and small-group discussion facilitators.

Frederick is co-author, with former US 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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