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 3.42857142857143 out of 5 by 7.
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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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 4 out of 5 by from Good book A good lesson about the privatization of the military
Date published: 2014-01-31
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 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 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 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
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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Kobo eBookBlackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

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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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.