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One platoon's descent into madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

By Jim Frederick

'Combines elements of In Cold Blood and Black Hawk Down with Apocalypse Now as it builds towards its terrible climax...Extraordinary' New York Times Iraq's `Triangle of Death', 2005. A platoon of young soldiers from a U.S. regiment known as `the Black Heart Brigade' is deployed to a lawless and hyperviolent area 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. Black Hearts is a timeless true story of how modern warfare can make or break a man's character.

Told with severe compassion, balanced judgement and the magnetic pace of a thriller, it looks set to become one of the defining books about the Iraq War. `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).