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Blackwater : the rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Jeremy Scahill

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Title:Blackwater : the rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army
Authors:Jeremy Scahill
Info:New York, NY : Nation Books, c2007.
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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill (2007)

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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Looks at Eric Prince's Co. Blackwater in Iraq as an extension of Rumsfeld's Department of Defense and the national security establishment. Warns that Blackwater would become a private arm of domestic national security, DHS, and possibly working with the CIA. Basically, an anti-military expose which uses Prince as the straw man to condemn a bloated, corrupt, and inefficient Pentagon. Not worth reading.
  sacredheart25 | Jul 15, 2015 |
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  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
Quick review: Blackwater is one of the leading corporate players in the growing privatization of American military might. This book is a timely study of Blackwater and, more generally, of America's increasing reliance upon privately employed mercenaries. Who are these individuals? And who is behind the corporations who employ them? This well-researched book is a real eye-opener and puts much of the current Blackwater news in context. It is quite readable, at times even gripping, and rarely falls into repetition or hyperbole. Highly recommended. ( )
  ksimon | Feb 6, 2014 |
Torn. On one hand I should have read this when it was more timely. On the other the rambling meant it sat on my shelf for far longer than it would've if it was written in a straightforward way ( )
  newskepticx | Dec 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156858394X, Paperback)

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, awardwinning 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. * Winner of the George Polk Book Award * Alternet Best Book of the Year * Barnes & Noble one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2007 * Amazon one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2007

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In this expos‚e by radical journalist Scahill, you will meet BLACKWATER USA, the world's most secretive and powerful mercenary firm. Based in the wilderness of North Carolina, it is the fastest-growing private army on the planet, with forces capable of carrying out regime change throughout the world. Blackwater protects the top US officials in Iraq, and yet we know almost nothing about the firm's quasi-military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the US. Blackwater was founded by an extreme right-wing fundamentalist Christian mega-millionaire ex-Navy Seal named Erik Prince, the scion of a wealthy conservative family that bankrolls far-right-wing causes. This book is the dark story of the rise of a powerful mercenary army, ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to rooftop firefights in Najaf to the hurricane-ravaged US Gulf to Washington DC, where Blackwater executives are hailed as new heroes in the war on terror.--From publisher description.… (more)

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