Black Hearts

Author: Jim Frederick

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307450982

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 9597

“Riveting. . . a testament to a misconceived war, and to the ease with which ordinary men, under certain conditions, can transform into monsters.”—New York Times Book Review This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country’s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb attacks, suffering from a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one Black Heart platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes U.S. forces have committed during the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her and her family. Three other 1st Platoon soldiers would be overrun at a remote outpost—one killed immediately and two taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses found days later booby-trapped with explosives. Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

The Black Hearts of Men

Author: John Stauffer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674043960

Category: History

Page: 379

View: 7153

At a time when slavery was spreading and the country was steeped in racism, two white men and two black men overcame social barriers and mistrust to form a unique alliance that sought nothing less than the end of all evil. Drawing on the largest extant bi-racial correspondence in the Civil War era, John Stauffer braids together these men's struggles to reconcile ideals of justice with the reality of slavery and oppression. Who could imagine that Gerrit Smith, one of the richest men in the country, would give away his wealth to the poor and ally himself with Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave? And why would James McCune Smith, the most educated black man in the country, link arms with John Brown, a bankrupt entrepreneur, along with the others? Distinguished by their interracial bonds, they shared a millennialist vision of a new world where everyone was free and equal. As the nation headed toward armed conflict, these men waged their own war by establishing model interracial communities, forming a new political party, and embracing violence. Their revolutionary ethos bridged the divide between the sacred and the profane, black and white, masculine and feminine, and civilization and savagery that had long girded western culture. In so doing, it embraced a malleable and "black-hearted" self that was capable of violent revolt against a slaveholding nation, in order to usher in a kingdom of God on earth. In tracing the rise and fall of their prophetic vision and alliance, Stauffer reveals how radical reform helped propel the nation toward war even as it strove to vanquish slavery and preserve the peace.

Black Hearts Still Beat

Author: L A Cotton

Publisher: Delesty Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 690

View: 5914

These Black Hearted boys will ruin you... When eighteen-year-old Eva Walker enters the local Talent Showdown, she hopes it’ll will rekindle her love of music. She doesn’t expect it to ignite a fire in her heart. Rafe Hunter is everything Eva should stay away from. Tattooed, brooding, and mysterious. Not to mention the fact he’s the bassist for one of the world’s hottest rock bands. Their weekend of lust, laughter, and music, changes everything. And one thing is for certain... neither of them will ever be the same again. Box Set Includes: Rush, Rise, and Rule Eva and Rafe’s trilogy Risk an Eva and Rafe bonus scene Ruby a Black Hearts Short Story Raze a Black Hearts Short Story

Cold Black Hearts

Author: Jeffrey J. Mariotte

Publisher: WordFire +ORM

ISBN: 1680570064

Category: Fiction

Page: 343

View: 1736

When an explosion wrecks police detective Annie O’Brien’s career and destroys her hearing, she’s left with something new—a vastly heightened sense of empathy that makes it impossible to be around other people. Her home in Phoenix, Arizona’s bustling metropolitan area rapidly becomes unbearable. An investigative job offered by an old family friend sends her to a lonely corner of New Mexico, to try to free an innocent man wrongly convicted of a brutal double murder. As she pursues justice for the unfortunate prisoner, she finds herself caught up in the saga of New Dominion, a nearby town wiped out in a bloody massacre back in 1933...but is somehow rising from its own ashes. Annie’s presence creates unexpected ripples, summoning ancient, demonic forces and causing tragedy to repeat itself—unless she can find some way to stop it. Cold Black Hearts is a riveting supernatural thriller, and Annie O’Brien is bound to be your new favorite character!

Black Hearts in Battersea

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409014908

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 7812

"Simon paid off the driver and turned to follow Mrs Twite. But she seemed to have locked the door behind her and, as he rattled the latch unavailingly and then rapped the locker, something dark and suffocating was forced down over his head and a pair of hands gripped his throat." Simon, coming to London to study painting with his old friend Dr Field, finds he has vanished without trace. Determined to discover what lies behind his disappearance, Simon is trapped in a fiendish plot. Why has his landlord got guns in his cellar and how does one deal with his irrepressible daughter, Dido . . .?

Black Hearts and Blue Devils

Author: Henry Mill Phillips

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers

ISBN: 1398404861

Category: Fiction

Page: 887

View: 8596

A tale of six country orphans uprooted and transplanted into a dark world of soot and smoke. They have no choice but to adapt, none more successfully than big brother Abe, now a respected police sergeant in confident control of the rough streets of the Black Country in the 1880s, ready for anything the world can throw at him. Or so he believes. Because something else comes his way, something extraordinary, and not of this world, and he is certainly not ready for that. Abraham Lively’s world is turned inside out, as he battles the forces aligned against him: black-hearted villains marshalled by non-human entities. He is sure that there are devils at work. He knows so because the locals have seen them. And they are blue. Blue Devils. If that was not enough to contend with, he has made an enemy of a little man who will prove to be the greatest adversary of them all: a criminal yes, but pleasant enough, as sociopaths go; but dangerous, as sociopaths also often go. And Abe, tying himself up in mental knots, with his own devils, does not appreciate that danger until it is too late. Will events conspire to destroy him? Or will he banish the darkness within himself, to return to the light, his true self, his family, his sanity? Sons and Lovers meets Ripper Street meets Dennis Wheatley – you will not want to miss this!


Author: J.Ransom

Publisher: John "J.Ransom" Futrell


Category: Art

Page: 161

View: 2183

"BLACK HEART IN A RED ROOM" is the results of emotions and overall a roller coaster of thought and exploration. "BLACK HEARTS IN A RED ROOM" is a song/poetry book that takes a journey with the main character through his soul. He explores memories of sexuality, lust, fantasy, emotions and destruction. This is merely the first edition of the book as there exist three more, and a sequel in the works. There is much more to this book than what meets the eye and it is encouraged to read the work multiple times. You may miss something.

The Little Black Heart

Author: Marilyn Yim Sivaseelan

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

ISBN: 1543766838

Category: Poetry

Page: 68

View: 5708

This little poem of adventure follows the journey of The Little Black Heart, who unravels mystery and discoveries along an unbeaten path. The little heart does not realise at first how its new colours emerge and in an unexpected flash, experiences its first heartbeat. It starts from a land of black, black sand where the little heart glimpses the future and takes off with a spark of hope. It needs to overcome limiting beliefs to take the leap. In its travels, the little heart encounters ups and downs, but finds clues as well. This story is about growth. It is about understanding how our past experiences influence our present and continuous choices in life. It touches on opportunities which if unknown to us, may slip through our fingers. The future is as bright as you project it, and you, the reader, will find empowerment in this story. Realisation that you have the freedom to choose, is this little book’s aspiration. The pieces of art in this book are yours to treasure and personalise for yourself. Go on this journey with someone important and together, open up a world of possibilities. This space is yours, and in that space, unlock your curiosity. Let your ideas run free.

Black Heart Loa

Author: Adrian Phoenix

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143916794X

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 7307

“An eye for an eye is never enough.” Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as an unnatural storm—the deadliest in a century—is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.

Black Heart

Author: Phillip M. Richards

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820471228

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 290

View: 3921

Black Heart is a provocative and polemical critique of African American literary studies at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Through a series of sharp and insightful essays on a wide range of critical thinkers, Phillip M. Richards traces what he sees as an erosion of moral reflection in African American literary culture - a process that has left contemporary black academic criticism socially, politically, and culturally hollow. Exploring the work of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael Dyson, Karla Holloway and others, Black Heart sets forth the rhetorical strategies of present-day African American critical writing, and probes the ethical dimensions of its institutional life in the academy, the media, and the public sphere. Richards undertakes to recover the procedures by which cultural and moral value may be recovered for black literary culture and to establish the possibilities for a new humanism in African American writing and literary culture.