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

Paperback | May 27, 2008

byJeremy Scahill

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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.

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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 compan...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 inPublished:May 27, 2008Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:156858394X

ISBN - 13:9781568583945

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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.”