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

by Jeremy Scahill

Nation Books | May 27, 2008 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Meet Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. With its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and twenty-thousand troops at the ready, Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the "global war on terror"-- yet most people have never heard of it. It was the moment the war turned: On March 31, 2004, four Americans were ambushed and burned near their jeeps by an angry mob in the Sunni stronghold of Falluja. Their charred corpses were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. The ensuing slaughter by U.S. troops would fuel the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts occupation forces to this day. But these men were neither American military nor civilians. They were highly trained private soldiers sent to Iraq by a secretive mercenary company based in the wilderness of North Carolina. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is the unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex, hailed by the Bush administration as a revolution in military affairs, but considered by others as a dire threat to American democracy.

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Published: May 27, 2008

Publisher: Nation Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1568584067

ISBN - 13: 9781568584065

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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: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 27, 2008

Publisher: Nation Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1568584067

ISBN - 13: 9781568584065

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Meet Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. With its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and twenty-thousand troops at the ready, Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the "global war on terror"-- yet most people have never heard of it. It was the moment the war turned: On March 31, 2004, four Americans were ambushed and burned near their jeeps by an angry mob in the Sunni stronghold of Falluja. Their charred corpses were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. The ensuing slaughter by U.S. troops would fuel the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts occupation forces to this day. But these men were neither American military nor civilians. They were highly trained private soldiers sent to Iraq by a secretive mercenary company based in the wilderness of North Carolina. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is the unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex, hailed by the Bush administration as a revolution in military affairs, but considered by others as a dire threat to American democracy.