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 | May 27, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is rated 3.6667 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: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.38 in

Published: May 27, 2008

Publisher: Nation Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 156858394X

ISBN - 13: 9781568583945

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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 3 out of 5 by from Informative but biased A very informative book that gives interesting insight into PMC's (private military contractor), but from the first page on the author only tries to destroy the reputation of Blackwater PMC (now called Xe Services LLC), and it's owner Erik Prince. While Blackwater was involved in a couple negative incidences in Iraq, it shouldn't completely destroy their reputation since they have done a lot of good for the United States armed forces, police forces at all levels, and even special operations forces from other NATO nations by providing them with top quality training, and they have also kept many individuals from the US State Department safe while they were in Iraq, Afghanistan, et al. I would recommend this book, but read it with a grain of salt.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read/Very Informative A very informative somewhat alarming account about how war seems to have become less about freeing a people and more about how many companies can move in to profit on the aftermath.
Date published: 2009-08-07

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

by Jeremy Scahill

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.38 in

Published: May 27, 2008

Publisher: Nation Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 156858394X

ISBN - 13: 9781568583945

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

Virginian-Pilot
“At Blackwater USA, Jeremy Scahill’s is the face they love to hate… [He is] perhaps the private military company’s most dogged critic.”

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time”
“[Scahill’s] book is so scary and so illuminating.”

The Guardian (London)
“Blackwater being rarely out of the news lately, this is a very useful survey of modern mercenaries – or, as they prefer to be called, ‘private security contractors’ in the ‘peace and stability industry’…Scahill is a sharp investigative writer.”

Scarlett Johansson, actor
“It should be mandatory reading. It’s very interesting – and scary.”

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