Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Friendly Fire: The Accidental Shootdown of U.S. Black Hawks over Northern Iraq Paperback – January 27, 2002
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Winner of the George Terry Award
"The reader will be fascinated. . . . The conclusion is eye-opening and the 'lessons learned' are insightful. . . . A lucid and well-argued book that is a must-read for anyone seeking to comprehend the complexity of fratricide."--John Davis, Air Power History
"Friendly Fire is a deeply intriguing analysis of a highly complex incident that resulted in needless deaths. . . . Drawing on an extensive knowledge of systems theory and organizational behavior, [Snook] weaves an account of an organization on the edge of chaos, a nearly deterministic system ultimately responsible for the resultant loss of life. His conclusions are as disturbing as they are fascinating. . . . Snook paints a disconcerting picture of the potential pitfalls of organizational complacency that every military professional should take to heart. . . . A concise, well-written account of human tragedies. . . . Snook presents a thoroughly analytical, yet exceptionally unambiguous, narrative of the events that ultimately led to the deaths of 26 peacekeepers. Any research into this incident would be incomplete without the information [this] author provide[s]."--Steven Leonard, Military History
From the Inside Flap
"An exceptionally clear outline and theoretical analysis.... The writing is very clear and unusually elegant."--Charles Perrow, Yale University, author of Normal Accidents
"Scott Snook has built a clear case from highly-detailed information. Putting all the data in one place, with numerous 'inside' examples and quotes, will stimulate many organizational theorists. The book is a model of organizational analysis and application of theory at multiple levels, including an ability to reveal the gaps in theory without undermining the theoretical analysis."--John S. Carroll, MIT Sloan School of Management
"A provocative book that can teach all of us about much more than friendly fire. It is an ideal teaching text with great subject, a fascinating thesis, lots of details and much to ponder and discuss."--Brig. Gen Creighton W. Abrams, U.S. Army Ret., Army--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
I also received a call from Congressman Dornan who was then chairman of the Military Personnel Sub Committee of the Committee on National Security House of Representatives, he did not inform me I was digging too deep, my concerns were he directed the General Accountability Office (GAO) not to reinvestigate the shootdown but, to determine whether (1) the Board Investigation of the shootdown had met its objectives and goals (2) Subsequent Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) investigations had followed established guidelines,and (3) any Department of Defense and/or Air Force officials had improperly or unlawfully influenced these investigations. The Army was not permitted to sit in on the Board meetings.
This is the long way to make a point about time ( that I had since I was retired ) and reason between Mr Snook and I. My reason was my son Erik S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read, with some very valid points, but overly repetitive. It seems to make the same argument and statement 3 times for each initial point. I would give this a 3. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel S. Mayer
As someone who knew almost everyone onboard both helicopters and likely would have been in one of the driver seats had this incident happened just a week or two later, I have to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by jg
I am specialist in Human factors and CRM, and this book is one of the best book about the human error, you can miss this in your own library, I use tis like refercne to my pupilsPublished on April 17, 2013 by Pancho
Scott Snook provides incident investigators with invaluable informatin on 'normal accidents' in highly reliable organizatins that goes beyond the typical 'operator error' or... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Rhymer
Many useful insights into the dynamic processes that will inevitably lead to catastrophic failure. Scholarly, well researched and well presented. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by lynette logue
A superb book, well written and filled with valuable lessons.
As a safety professional I am routinely disappointed by the immediate leap to blaming individuals following... Read more
I cannot do that yet due to the fact I have not received this product already. In due course when it will be come to me surely I will comment straight ahead.Published on August 28, 2011 by Guilherme W. O. N. de Lima
It is a very recommended way to find a different way to solve problems, this should be used in all the companies as a tool for continuos improvment.Published on March 29, 2011 by Juan Fernandez Duron
This book was an excellent review of the factors that led to such a tragedy. Very thorough and incisive. Highly recommend.Published on November 3, 2010 by T-34C