Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

by Jeremy Scahill

Nation Books | April 8, 2011 | Hardcover

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is rated 3 out of 5 by 3.
On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the “War on Terror.” In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.19 in

Published: April 8, 2011

Publisher: Nation Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1560259795

ISBN - 13: 9781560259794

Found in: History

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from My take on this book This book was an interesting read. It brought forward a lot of information on private military firms, and in particular the history of Blackwater (as you may have guessed from the title). However, it is obvious very early in the book that the author is far from unbiased. Mr Scahill frequently and bitterly refers to private military contractors as "mercenaries" (as though Blackwater is no different from the real mercenaries Gaddafi used against his own people). He spares no effort to demean conservatism and private enterprise. Despicably, more than once throughout the book he sews anti-Christian sentiment, while he shows no discernable opposition to or dislike of the Islamic terrorists who have taken the lives of so many and whom Blackwater fought to rid the world of. Bottom line? This book is a good read, especially in the post-Christmas winter blahs or the hot boring days of summer. There are few, if any, books out there that will provide as much information on the intriguing world of private military firms as this one. Just remember: when reading this book, turn your head a ways to the right, because Mr Scahill is doing a long larboard-leaning doughnut on this ride.
Date published: 2011-09-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I found this book to be incredibly biased. When reading a book on a subject like this, I am interested in the facts and information on the company in question without the authors extremely obvious bias regarding Blackwater... Another problem I have with the book is how the author goes off on tangents unrelated to my interests, and frankly, can be quite confusing or boring. Also, be ready to read alot of regurgitated content; the author is CONSTANTLY just paraphrasing other peoples quotes and putting his own little opinion or spin on it, or more often, taking it out of context. This was probably the least enjoyable book I've read on PMC's so far which is disappointing, because I was actually looking forward to reading this. The book makes it sound like they're a bunch of unprofessional "mercenaries" (taken right from the title of this book) who do nothing but abuse their power and run reckless through Iraq. Too bad theres no credit given for the highly successful missions and protection services they've provided... The feeling I'm left with at the end of this book is that the author should rename it "I hate Blackwater!" 2 out of 5.
Date published: 2009-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't waite till it comes in audio format Can't waite till it comes in audio format
Date published: 2008-06-02

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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

by Jeremy Scahill

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.19 in

Published: April 8, 2011

Publisher: Nation Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1560259795

ISBN - 13: 9781560259794

About the Book

Meet Blackwater, USA, the world's most secretive and powerful mercenary firm. Based in the wilderness of North Carolina, it is the fastest-growing private army on the planet with forces capable of carrying out regime change throughout the world. Blackwater protects the top US officials in Iraq and yet we know almost nothing about the firm's quasi-military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and inside the US. Blackwater was founded by an extreme right-wing fundamentalist Christian mega-millionaire ex--Navy Seal named Erik Prince, the scion of a wealthy conservative family that bankrolls far-right-wing causes. Blackwater is the dark story of the rise of a powerful mercenary army, ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to rooftop firefights in Najaf to the hurricane-ravaged US gulf to Washington DC, where Blackwater executives are hailed as new heroes in the war on terror. This is an extraordinary expose by one of America's most exciting, young, radical journalists.

From the Publisher

On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the “War on Terror.” In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.

About the Author

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice. While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Traveling around the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina, Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS’s The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide. Scahill also serves as an election correspondent for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Editorial Reviews

“Scahill provided me information…which I have not been able to get from the U.S. military…I have read more from Mr. Scahill, than I’ve got from our own government.”—Representative Marcy Kaptur, Defense Appropriations Committee

“[T]his is no uninformed partisan screed…Meticulously documented and encyclopedic in scope…it’s a comprehensive and authoritative guide…this book serves as a provocative primer for advancing the debate.”—Bill Sizemore, Pulitzer-prize nominated journalist, Virginian-Pilot

“Andy McNab couldn’t have invented this prescient tale of the private army of mercenaries run by a Christian conservative millionaire who, in turn, bankrolls the president. A chilling exposé of the ultimate military outsource.”—Christopher Fowler, The New Review’s “Best Books of 2007”

“Fascinating and magnificently documented…Jeremy Scahill’s new book is a brilliant exposé and belongs on the reading list of any conscientious citizen.”—Scott Horton, International and Military Law Expert, Columbia University Law School

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