The best book by far about the iraq war' guardian iraq, 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 south of baghdad. As the unstopping violence destroys their morale, the soldiers descend into brutality, substance abuse and madness - with horrific results. Black hearts is a timeless story of how warfare can reduce men to animals. Told with insight and compassion, but with the magnetic pace of a thriller, it is one of the defining books about the iraq war. 'there have been many books about the iraq war, but this is an unusally gripping one ... A shocking story, vividly told' max hastings, sunday times
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