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Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of theWar on Terror [Kindle Edition]

Erik Prince
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The founder of Blackwater offers the gripping true story of the world’s most controversial military contractor.

In 1997, former Navy SEAL Erik Prince started a business that would recruit civilians for the riskiest security jobs in the world. As Blackwater’s reputation grew, demand for its services escalated, and its men eventually completed nearly 100,000 missions for both the Bush and Obama administrations.

It was a huge success except for one problem: Blackwater was demonized around the world. Its employees were smeared as mercenaries, profiteers, or worse. And because of the secrecy requirements of its contracts with the Pentagon, the State Department, and the CIA, Prince was unable to correct false information. But now he’s finally able to tell the full story about some of the biggest controversies of the War on Terror, in a memoir that reads like a thriller.

Editorial Reviews


“Prince’s book belongs on the shelf next to the memoirs of the other Iraq and Afghanistan war chieftains…. we need Prince’s story to help us understand the history of the post- 9/11 wars and the myriad roles contractors played in these conflicts.”

The Washington Post

About the Author

Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, is the founder and former CEO of Blackwater. Since selling the company in 2010, he has pursued a variety of new business ventures.

Product Details

  • File Size: 12782 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E5UJAG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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123 of 133 people found the following review helpful
By Alex
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just typed up a couple pages, computer crashed, can't retrieve it, so here now goes a quick summary from the top of my head:

Erik Prince, real Man of Mystery speaks. Portrayed by some as archvillain, thought by others to be some kind of modern day Knight Templar, this real life Navy Seal and entrepreneur tells all about the founding of Blackwater and their role in Iraq.

The book starts off as a mini-biography of his dad, a man who started off as a salesman making forty cents an hour to founder of a billion-dollar company. Prince makes it clear that his father instilled in him the foundation that led to his later success.

It was as a Navy Seal in the Balkans that Prince first realized the need for private training facilities for special operations and highly focused training. Previously, Seals and their elite counterparts often had trouble getting sufficient training time on military training facilities that were over capacity from general use training by others.

Columbine becomes a turning point for the Blackwater team as law enforcement brutally realizes the need for more specialized training. Several years later Iraq explodes and the need for highly trained security teams draws Blackwater into its largest conflict and most controversial affair. While under government contract, Blackwater was forbidden to speak out publicly in its defense, especially against one high profile lawsuit that eventually tarnished its reputation almost beyond repair. Now free to speak, Prince effectively reveals The Other Side of the Story, and it's clear that Blackwater was often a scapegoat for others' ineptitude and politically driven agendas.

Many interesting stories are revealed, such as a huge ambush of the Polish Ambassor.
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104 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackwater Wife November 20, 2013
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As the wife of someone who has worked for Blackwater for 9 years, I can attest that this book is 100% genuine. Finally a realistic and factual light has been shed on this company and it’s heroes. The men KIA and the men and women who risk their lives everyday for our country are getting the respect they deserve. It’s an informative read and I highly recommend it for anyone familiar with Blackwater and for anyone who would like to know the truth.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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well, like most people I had a negative opinion of Blackwater. First of all the name was ill chosen and reeks of evil. Second, of course, all I ever saw were the pics online and on TV of these massive guys cradling sub machine guns. Who were these mercenaries, I wondered?
Well, of course, like most people I was grossly under- and ill informed.
Prince has his flaws, of course, let's not be naive. My wife passed away from cancer too but i never was unfaithful. Could I understand why he was? Maybe? Maybe not. But at least he owns it. This was a book about blackwater, not about him, and he could have tried to cover up his foibles. He briefly mentions his family life throughout the book perhaps to show some of his humanity. I found him likeable and candid, and eminently believable.

He supports almost everything he says with documentation, and refutes most critics with equally valid documentation - e.g. when the government tries to accuse him of overcharging them. He contends they actually under bid most of the competition (which still is there, by the way - Triple Canopy, for example. Why isn't Hillary and Henry after them.?) and can prove it.

As far as Blackwater he does an excellent job explaining how this type of contractor is a time honored factor in warfare. Oddly most of their work was security, as opposed to combat. Our own nation was founded with the help of flat out mercenaries - LaFayette, von Steuben, etc. In addition, we fought against mercenaries - the Hessians. And he shows beautifully how biased and grotesquely ignorant, naive, and opportunistic people like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Henry Waxman are.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthful, Powerful and Inspiring November 25, 2013
By Nomad
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Having been protected by Blackwater officers in two war zones, I can personally attest to the high caliber and integrity of the officers who risked their lives daily while we traveled in dangerous places to fulfill the U.S. Government's mandate. The 41 officers who gave their lives for America should be honored as well as the entrepreneur who had the foresight to standup this organization and answering the call when their country needed the most. Thank you for your sacrifice
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Working the Wars..both military and PMC December 17, 2013
By 05/11A
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As a former Army officer and later a contractor (PAE, Dyncorp & MPRI), I experienced both sides of the military culture and that of a contractor.

The book is a history of Blackwater and of its founder-author who presents an honest and forthwith account of building a company in the midst of conducting security US State Dept contracts in an environment not known previously in our military history. For those who never deployed or were assigned during our country's time in Iraq (and especially those who attempted to second guess what it was like), Iraq was absolutely monumentally dangerous. The dis-organization that was Bremer's time as a result of inept post invasion planning highlighted by the disbandment of the Iraqi military and moreso, the civilian infrastructure was (in my opinion) a large part of the catalyst and causation of the insurgency.

Although this reviewed never worked with Blackwater personnel, I knew of their missions and of their force protection challenges in terms of both physical resources and qualified personnel. The US State Department was the singular beneficiary, as no personnel were KIA. Blackwater's record of accomplishment was stellar. Several chapters deal with incidents which resulted in civilian deaths-unfortunately war, especially the war in Iraq was in essence.."who are the bad guys?"

Without a doubt, no other organization with that much exposure to the insurgency performed so well under absolutely critical security and force protections metrics. Things changed daily-I cannot imagine how a civilian organization could adjust without dedicated, well trained and focused personnel who understood the dynamics of the overall situation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, sad, emotional, dumbstruck, speechless!
Not an easy read, however, very well written, informative, enlightening. The fact that our leaders in this great republic seem to think they are beyond reproach is sickening; that... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Lawrence Volk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by jeffmckasson
4.0 out of 5 stars great overall understanding of Blackwater
very interesting.....great overall understanding of Blackwater..however, at times too much "administration details" highly recommend
Published 6 days ago by Mike Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
He clears the air about Blackwater, You can get his opinion, right or wrong.
Published 7 days ago by pen name
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding... Insightful. The true story is ...
Outstanding...Insightful. The true story is told. Congrtas Erik.
Published 11 days ago by Allen Gentzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing recount by Prince, a rare perspective that was never given during congressional hearings
Published 11 days ago by Craig Eveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, good price!
Published 16 days ago by lawrence st.clair
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and an absolute must read.
This is in part a book about Prince but the really poignant information concerns political agendas and moreI importantly the substantial and significant role PMCs play in carrying... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. It's nice to hear the other side of the story... since there are always two sides
Published 18 days ago by uh72pilot
5.0 out of 5 stars Code Pink hates this book. Buy it just to spite 'em
Erik Prince had the right stuff, at the right time.
Published 1 month ago by Machinery's Handbook
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