Analysis Of The Book ' Black Eyes ' By Jim Frederick Essay

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In post 9/11 America, it is not very common to see a book that doesn 't portray the men and women of the United States Military in a positive light. Most Americans regard all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines as heroes who have a strong moral compass and always try to do the right thing. However the reality can be quite different. The reality of war is that it is dirty, ugly, and rarely, if ever, a glorious affair. All armies throughout history have had their share of incidents that they would rather forget and the modern US Army is no different. The book Black Hearts by Jim Frederick is about such an incident, the rape and murder of young girl, along with members of her family. Frederick delves not only into the murders themselves, but analyzes what happened within the unit in the months leading up to the incident.

Frederick begins the book by discussing some of the key characters in the unit: the BN commander, the Bravo Co Commander, 1st platoon leader & platoon sergeant, along with other strong and weak personalities within the platoon. One of the first things I realized about 1-502 is that there seemed to be a large amount of conflict even before the deployment began, seemed to be nothing more than a clash of personalities. Much of this tension arose during the pre-deployment training at the JRTC and NTC, 2 places where the BN was able to practice various tasks before the actual deployment to Iraq. The author gives a brief background on each individual to give…

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