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Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; Rev Upd edition (May 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156858394X
  • ASIN: B001IWO884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A crackling exposé of the secretive military contractor Blackwater.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[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



“Scahill provided me information…which I have not been able to get from the U.S. military…I have read more from Mr. Scahill, than I’ve got from our own government.”—Representative Marcy Kaptur, Defense Appropriations Committee

“[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



Virginian-Pilot
“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.”

About the Author

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice. While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Traveling around the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina, Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS’s The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide. Scahill also serves as an election correspondent for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Gravener on August 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Regardless of the obvious political bias of the author, I found this book to be insightful and absolutely horrible. It's easy enough to read between the lines and see the absolute political hacks and Christian zealots behind Blackwater. That we let this company service our (idiotic) wars and kill our own soldiers for profit is despicable. This should be required reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shadowmaster on April 2, 2012
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A well researched, detailed documentary by a journalist on a modern Mercenary group.I finished the book in two days and the moment you start you are glued to it. Riveting,compelling, pound per pound reading. It depicted balanced views, insights, perspectives from the subjects or players of this book. I can read this book over and over since it combines elements of history, investigative journalism and a suspense thriller all together. This book is recommended to all non fiction enthusiasts particularly history and military readers. If you only glorify a certain belief, principle or doctrine of an organization or party then this book is not for you. This book is for scholars, intellectuals and most all sensible, rationale and open minded people who can discern the truth and facts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex Hutchinson VINE VOICE on November 24, 2008
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I first heard the idea of developing a private, professional army in 1996. The objective would be to craft the soldiers of the future into highly trained and better armed units with the best possible technology and at the lowest price. None of these expectations came true. Instead crony capitalism and extremist politics gave us expensive and often ineffective mercenaries limited in their ability to engage in combat and restricted from using the best weapons. What seemed like a practical idea turned into a possible threat to domestic liberties and a source of continuing confusion on the battlefield. I can greater appreciate the ethos of my own military training now that I understand how far off the reservation these unchecked gun slingers can go. Jeremy Scahill has provided us all with a badly needed window into a trend that has underminded our vast and necessary armed forces. Unfortunately I believe that his book is only the begining of all the stories soon to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2012
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Investigative journalism at it's finest. Jeremy Scahill delivers an in-depth and frightening truth about the deceit, cover up, lies and manipulation of tax payers dollars and the political support which covers it up.

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!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bill on August 22, 2011
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great read that provides insight into both backwater itself but also how the military is currently handling its logistics and security and its apparent effects.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Merc8541 on August 21, 2011
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I was on the cusp of given this book either a 1 star or a 5 star. If I was a far-right conservative it would get a 1, but if I was a far-left liberal I would give this a 5.

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.
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By D. Lipkin on October 27, 2013
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A must read for everyone. Private Contractors are above the law. This is why we need to go back to having the military perform these functions.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2009
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I find that this book is one of the best I have read. It is a must read in my opinion. If you don't know much about Blackwater & the Iraq War, read this book and your eyes may begin to open.
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