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Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

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Triangle of Death

I happened to pick up this book after reading an article regarding the Ft. Hood shooting by the same author. After reading some reviews I decided to purchase this book because 1) I was there in the Triangle of Death during the period 2) One of my classmates from the Ac...
I happened to pick up this book after reading an article regarding the Ft. Hood shooting by the same author. After reading some reviews I decided to purchase this book because 1) I was there in the Triangle of Death during the period 2) One of my classmates from the Academy was a member of Bravo Company that unfortunately lost his life during this tragic time. I agree with other reviews of this book that this is a must read for present day military officers and should be required reading. I have personally dealt with some of the leadership challenges in this book as an Officer, and I am not aware of other published works that illustrate these challenges so clearly. Before deploying, I didn't know where my Battalion was headed and I sure as hell did not know how to deal with challenges that lay ahead during my time in Iraq, because what we trained to do and what we did were completely different. This book highlights many issues but leaves it up to the reader to gain insight as to what should have happened to prevent this incident. Only if we had known what really inspired the insurgency would we have been able to preserve so many lives. If I had known what I learned from this book, I may have been better quipped to have a better answer for my Soldiers whenever they would ask me, "Why are we here Sir?" or be able to answer a grieving mother's question of "Why did my son die?" Overall, this is a great book, not because I was there and I was familar with what was going on in that Area of Operations, but because it gives and unbiased third party account of the leadership issues that the Army needs to prepare its leaders for and what Soldiers actually feel during deployments.

posted by 3225050 on March 21, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Black Hearts

I have only read the first 57 pages, and I am not happy so far with the Author. The first thing he should have done was to check the validity of his information. I was apart of the unit that Bravo replaced. The discription of the place (piss bottles, meat left etc.) is ...
I have only read the first 57 pages, and I am not happy so far with the Author. The first thing he should have done was to check the validity of his information. I was apart of the unit that Bravo replaced. The discription of the place (piss bottles, meat left etc.) is all LIES. And to say we gave up and didnt patrol is also a LIE. My platoon was doing two and three patrols a day. We would leave the wire for 8-12 hours a day. Foot and mounted patrols day and night. My platoon consisted of four vehicles and 12 men. More to follow as I continue read.

posted by tmshumaker on June 15, 2010

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