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I think my favorite review here started with
on January 12, 2015
I think my favorite review here started with, "It was a WAIST of time...". Mmmmk. Tell us more from your infinite experience on the subject.
Having been a part of a specialized military community and actually having spent time in the region I was able to both identify with and appreciate the author's message. Engbrecht's obvious experience, credentials, and insight notwithstanding, this book offers an objective view of the PMC world, whether it is what the reader wants to hear or not. The actual accounts, both the author's and those of people he actually has worked with, bled with, and knows personally, from both sides of the coin are, in my mind, relevant, accurate and sobering. It's not a romance novel and it sugar-coats nothing; just what ought to be expected from such an unforgiving profession operating in austere environments.
This isn't a business for everyone, and the author makes clear the pros, cons, and harsh realities of the life of private contractors. In not only speaking to the insider, America's Covert Warriors reveals the not-so-pretty underbelly of an industry that has its genesis in integrity, but has unfortunately been corrupted along the way. The resurgence of the PMC world and the re-building of its reputation start with legitimate perspective and forthright discussion, both of which I found here. Whether you're interested in entering this field or just plain curious, this book, in my mind, is a spot-on depiction of what to expect and what went down in an environment of not-so-clear-cut objectives and perhaps dubious intentions.
Much as the world pf private military contracting is not for everyone, this book is not here to appease all opinions. Of the negative reviews I am curious how many have ever walked in Engbrecht's shoes.
An excellent read.