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Gray Work: Confessions of an American…

Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy

by Jamie Smith

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Smith makes a compelling argument for the continued use of private contractors in today’s world of political and military unrest. His story is an interesting one as he describes how he worked for the CIA and from there became involved in the increasing world of private contractors in a variety of settings. His story is more interesting than fictionalized stories in the same venue because his tales are true, at least as far as his telling can be. I enjoyed the different perspective he provides for events in history and see where much can be learned from those working outside the box. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jun 30, 2016 |
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The first ever, first-person story of America's private, paramilitary contractors at work around the world-from a man who performed these missions himself and has decades of stories to tell. This is a fascinating tale-and potentially the first-to describe the work of American contractors, men who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. It will lift the veil and detail the ultimate danger and risk of paramilitary operations (both officially government-sanctioned and not) and show us in very intimate terms exactly what private soldiers do when the government can't act or take public responsibility. GRAY WORK combines covert military intelligence with boots-on-the-ground realism, following Jamie Smith through his CIA training and work as a spy in the State Department, to his co-founding of Blackwater following 9/11, to his decision to leave that company. As the founder and director of Blackwater Security, Smith's initial vision has undeniably shaped and transformed a decade of war. He argues that this gray area-and its warriors who occupy the controversial space between public and private-has become an indispensable element of the modern battlefield.

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A "first-hand look into the life of America's private paramilitary warriors and their highly secretive work around the world"--

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