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On April 14, 1994, two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters accidentally shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopters over Northern Iraq, killing all twenty-six peacekeepers onboard. In response to this disaster the complete array of military and civilian investigative and judicial procedures ran their course. After almost two years of investigation with virtually unlimited resources, no culprit emerged, no bad guy showed himself, no smoking gun was found. This book attempts to make sense of this tragedy--a tragedy that on its surface makes no sense at all. With almost twenty years in uniform and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Lieutenant Colonel Snook writes from a unique perspective. A victim of friendly fire himself, he develops individual, group, organizational, and cross-level accounts of the accident and applies a rigorous analysis based on behavioral science theory to account for critical links in the causal chain of events. By explaining separate pieces of the puzzle, and analyzing each at a different level, the author removes much of the mystery surrounding the shootdown. Based on a grounded theory analysis, Snook offers a dynamic, cross-level mechanism he calls "practical drift"--the slow, steady uncoupling of practice from written procedure--to complete his explanation. His conclusion is disturbing. This accident happened because, or perhaps in spite of everyone behaving just the way we would expect them to behave, just the way theory would predict. The shootdown was a normal accident in a highly reliable organization.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Scott A. Snook
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2011-09-19
File: 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781400840977

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The true story of Michael Mullen, a soldier killed in Vietnam, and his parents’ quest for the truth from the US government: “Brilliantly done” (The Boston Globe). Drafted into the US Army, Michael Mullen left his family’s Iowa farm in September 1969 to fight for his country in Vietnam. Six months later, he returned home in a casket. Michael wasn’t killed by the North Vietnamese, but by artillery fire from friendly forces. With the government failing to provide the precise circumstances of his death, Mullen’s devastated parents, Peg and Gene, demanded to know the truth. A year later, Peg Mullen was under FBI surveillance. In a riveting narrative that moves from the American heartland to the jungles of Vietnam to the Vietnam Veterans Against the War march in Washington, DC, to an interview with Mullen’s battalion commander, Lt. Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, author C. D. B. Bryan brings to life with brilliant clarity a military mission gone horrifically wrong, a patriotic family’s explosive confrontation with their government, and the tragedy of a nation at war with itself. Originally intended to be an interview for the New Yorker, the story Bryan uncovered proved to be bigger than he expected, and it was serialized in three consecutive issues during February and March 1976, and was eventually published as a book that May. In 1979, Friendly Fire was made into an Emmy Award–winning TV movie, starring Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, and Sam Waterston. This ebook features an illustrated biography of C. D. B. Bryan, including rare images from the author’s estate.

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Genre: History
Author: C. D. B. Bryan
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release: 2016-05-10
File: 437 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781504034791

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This book was written to encourage those who work in the local church and have been abused so badly they are ready to give up the work the Lord has given them. It is also written to the ones who may be abusers and do not realize it. One can get so caught up in the work that losing site of who gets the glory is easily done. As I was praying one day in the spirit I heard these words, "Tell my people they are fighting in the wrong battles and losing the war." This is my attempt to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Joveeta Seals
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Release: 2011-01
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781456715687

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Fraser MacLean loses the only girl he has ever loved and spends the rest of his life trying to prove himself as a man. He joins the Army to whet his appetite for adventure and a series of events in war and peace takes him to Afghanistan, and a bizarre plot involving the most powerful man in the world - and the most wanted man in the world.

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Genre: Soldiers
Author: Mike Edwards
Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Pu
Release: 2006
File: 318 Pages
ISBN-13: 1903490197

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This collection of 35 essays, tracts, rants, posters, court transcripts, x-rated neologisms, belles lettres, and theoretical papers covers everything from The Last International to The Abolition of Work, and is sure to offend, inflame, and inspire almost any reader, often at the same time.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Bob Black
Publisher:
Release: 1992
File: 282 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105008930245

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Erotica Escapades is a creative collection of sensual poetry created by D. Mai Roberts. Erotica Escapades will capture its readers hearts and open their minds to the sensual and erotic. D. Mai Roberts is a new poet on the scene; she creates a progressive form of prose.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Stephen K. Peach
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Release: 2003-08-01
File: 548 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781410759405

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Friendly Fire, a pyrrhic victory, will take you into the world usually hidden from the civilian community as well as fellow Marines. Kiona Prince is a beautiful young girl from Alabama with a type of toughness that is extremely rare. She is not your typical Marine that daily gives her life to protect her country, she is fighting for her personal survival in love. Take a look into her world and see how the story unfolds. Just how far will she go to survive? At what cost will she have to go to help the Corps learn just how dangerous domestic violence can truly be? This is the training not found in boot camp, not found in MCI's, not rectified in receiving extra duty and not handled by standing on the carpet in front of the Commander. Friendly Fire will show you the personnel problem that cannot be fixed by the Command alone. As the story unfolds, see how acts of violence and calls for help are swept under the rug and watch as it puckers under stress.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Nicole' LaFra'nce Felton
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Release: 2003-02-01
File: 279 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781553955221

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Hundreds of memoirs, novels, plays, and movies have been devoted to the American war in Vietnam. In spite of the great variety of mediums, political perspectives and the degrees of seriousness with which the war has been treated, Katherine Kinney argues that the vast majority of these works share a single story: that of Americans killing Americans in Vietnam. Friendly Fire, in this instance, refers not merely to a tragic error of war, it also refers to America's war with itself during the Vietnam years. Starting from this point, this book considers the concept of "friendly fire" from multiple vantage points, and portrays the Vietnam age as a crucible where America's cohesive image of itself is shattered--pitting soldiers against superiors, doves against hawks, feminism against patriarchy, racial fear against racial tolerance. Through the use of extensive evidence from the film and popular fiction of Vietnam (i.e. Kovic's Born on the Fourth of July, Didion's Democracy, O'Brien's Going After Cacciato, Rabe's Sticks and Bones and Streamers), Kinney draws a powerful picture of a nation politically, culturally, and socially divided, and a war that has been memorialized as a contested site of art, media, politics, and ideology.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Riverside Katherine Kinney Associate Professor of English University of California
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release: 2000-10-09
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780195349627

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Hundreds of memoirs, novels, plays, and movies have been devoted to the American war in Vietnam. In spite of the great variety of media, political perspectives and the degrees of seriousness with which the war has been treated, Katherine Kinney argues that the vast majority of these works share a single story: that of Americans killing Americans in Vietnam. Friendly Fire, in this instance, refers not merely to a tragic error of war, it also refers to America's war with itself during the Vietnam years. Starting from this point, this book considers the concept of "friendly fire" from multiple vantage points, and portrays the Vietnam age as a crucible where America's cohesive image of itself is shattered--pitting soldiers against superiors, doves against hawks, feminism against patriarchy, racial fear against racial tolerance. Through the use of extensive evidence from the film and popular fiction of Vietnam (e.g. Kovic's Born on the Fourth of July, Didion's Democracy, O'Brien's Going After Cacciato, Rabe's Sticks and Bones and Streamers), Kinney draws a powerful picture of a nation politically, culturally, and socially divided, and a war that has been memorialized as a contested site of art, media, politics, and ideology.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Katherine Kinney
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2000-11-02
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199881659

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On April 14, 1994, two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters accidentally shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopters over Northern Iraq, killing all twenty-six peacekeepers onboard. In response to this disaster the complete array of military and civilian investigative and judicial procedures ran their course. After almost two years of investigation with virtually unlimited resources, no culprit emerged, no bad guy showed himself, no smoking gun was found. This book attempts to make sense of this tragedy--a tragedy that on its surface makes no sense at all. With almost twenty years in uniform and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Lieutenant Colonel Snook writes from a unique perspective. A victim of friendly fire himself, he develops individual, group, organizational, and cross-level accounts of the accident and applies a rigorous analysis based on behavioral science theory to account for critical links in the causal chain of events. By explaining separate pieces of the puzzle, and analyzing each at a different level, the author removes much of the mystery surrounding the shootdown. Based on a grounded theory analysis, Snook offers a dynamic, cross-level mechanism he calls "practical drift"--the slow, steady uncoupling of practice from written procedure--to complete his explanation. His conclusion is disturbing. This accident happened because, or perhaps in spite of everyone behaving just the way we would expect them to behave, just the way theory would predict. The shootdown was a normal accident in a highly reliable organization.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Scott A. Snook
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2011-09-19
File: 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781400840977

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