Michelle Black

Author of Sacrifice: The Green Berets, a Fateful Ambush, and a Gold Star Widow’s Fight for the Truth

When Green Beret Bryan Black was killed in an ambush in Niger in 2017, his wife Michelle saw her worst nightmare become a reality. She was left alone with her grief and with two young sons to raise. 

In this heartbreaking and revelatory memoir, Michelle uses exclusive interviews with the survivors of her husband’s unit, research into the military leadership and accountability, and her own unique vantage point as a gold-star widow to tell a previously unknown story.


  • Gold Medal Winner, Nonfiction Book Awards for Military
  • Distinguished Favorite 2023 NYC Big Book Award for Military Nonfiction
  • Finalist in the 2023 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Military Nonfiction


Michelle Black is a mother of two boys, a Gold Star widow, and the author of Sacrifice: The Green Berets, a Fateful Ambush, and a Gold Star Widow’s Fight for the Truth (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; May 10, 2022).

As the first woman in her family to graduate high school, she attended California Polytechnic State University where she graduated with a degree in environmental sciences and horticulture. Michelle founded and runs a nonprofit which supports Gold Star families and advocates for legislation to support active-duty military personnel and Gold Star families.

Michelle has a passion for writing and continues to freelance. She has been published in the New York TimesThe Daily Beast, Task & Purpose, The Military Times, The Daily Wire, and more.

I've interviewed countless authors, including numerous NYT Best-Sellers, and one stood out amongst all of them, Michelle Black. Michelle's writing is world-class. Her penchant for detail and ability to encapsulate an audience is what makes her writing shine through. Michelle is not only a gifted writer but also a gifted leader.
Dr. Jason Piccolo
Retired Federal Agent, former US Army Infantry Captain, Author, and Host of The Protectors Podcast