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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army [Revised and Updated] Paperback – Bargain Price, May 26, 2008
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“[Scahill] is a one-man truth squad.”—Bill Moyers
“[An] utterly gripping and explosive story.”—Naomi Klein, The Guardian
“The biggest book of the year…an amazingly researched and well-told story.”—Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
“Scahill’s page-turning collection of intrigue and insight into the underworld of privatized warfare is well researched, thoroughly documented, and as a result extremely frightening.”—The Globe and Mail
“[T]his is no uninformed partisan screed…Meticulously documented and encyclopedic in scope…it’s a comprehensive and authoritative guide…this book serves as a provocative primer for advancing the debate.”—Bill Sizemore, Pulitzer-prize nominated journalist, Virginian-Pilot
“Andy McNab couldn’t have invented this prescient tale of the private army of mercenaries run by a Christian conservative millionaire who, in turn, bankrolls the president. A chilling exposé of the ultimate military outsource.”—Christopher Fowler, The New Review’s “Best Books of 2007”
“Fascinating and magnificently documented…Jeremy Scahill’s new book is a brilliant exposé and belongs on the reading list of any conscientious citizen.”—Scott Horton, International and Military Law Expert, Columbia University Law School
“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.”
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Top Customer Reviews
Blackwater is a privatized militia being paid millions upon millions of tax payers dollars to uphold the same justice system and beliefs our men and women of uniform uphold, however, Blackwater appears to be exempt from all legal course of actions. Why is this being allowed and who is allowing this injustice in the name of America? Read the book to find out!
Scahill does an "good job" researching mercenary usage, Blackwater's Iraq incidents, and Prince's background. However he would have received an "excellent job" in researching if he was not so one sided with his accounts of how "he sees" each of his topics reported. The book is directed to an audience who are "looking" for the bad in security contracting, and they WILL find it in this book. Knowing several contractors who have worked for Blackwater, and being a contractor myself, I know exactly what happened that day in question. Some of the reports Scahill gives are accurate, while other accounts are inaccurate. Unless you were in Iraq at the time, the truth will always be a mystery to those not involved.
The contractor's side is not represented well, because of a lack of openness in the industry (which is understandable with the closed society of ex-special operations contractors). Scahill would have received more information about contracting if he was more center in his pursuit for the unbiased truth.
The author's religious & government stance are evident throughout the book, and give the reader a clear message of Scahill's intent in reporting on mercenary armies.
I recommend to readers that "borrow" to read, not to buy. He does have truth to his position, but his message should be taken like with a grain of salt. The real story is contained within the book, but further research is needed (by reading other books like "license to kill") to find the whole truth.
Also Google the transcripts for Scahill's presentation to congress regarding mercenary armies. Scahill is correct on how baffling it is that congress goes to him for information on security contracting companies and NOT the companies themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whether or not you agree with the author's point of view, after the immediate intro, the entire book turns into bashing Blackwater and Republicans. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Pillsburydoughboy26
I just finished this book and it was a strain to do so. The author was able to insult anything military, a person's religion, widows, Americans who believe in America even people... Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by USMC Sniper
Not to waste time, this is the worst book I have not read on the subject. I tried to read it, but halfway through I could not finish it. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by DARRELL L MCLAREN
The author just today on Bill Maher show, said that we shouldn't even go to Afghanistan. He also believes that any civilian who died in the Iraq War is the fault of the United... Read morePublished on June 5, 2009 by BrianAlbright