Best Defense

RIP, Jim Frederick

A summer reading recommendation from Tom Ricks.

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Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on Sept. 2, 2014.

Over the summer, Jim Frederick, author of Black Hearts, one of the best books about the Iraq war, and also about military leadership in small wars, died an early death.

I never met him, but I communicated with him about his striking book. If you haven’t read it, you should. Like immediately.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at

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