“An incredible look into the murky and virtually impenetrable world of private military contractors . . . Pelton may well have seen the future.” —Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont
“Licensed to Kill is smart, funny, sometimes scary, and always interesting. Pelton truly captures the cast of characters that make up our new ‘coalition of the billing’ in the War on Terror.” —P. W. Singer, author of Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry
“A rollicking read that takes the reader inside the murky world of military contractors—from the craggy passes of the Afghan-Pakistan border, to the extreme danger of Baghdad’s airport road, to the diamond fields of Africa. Licensed to Kill is not only a great travelogue, it also has some important things to say about the brave new world of privatized violence that will increasingly be a feature of twenty-first-century wars.” —Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know and Holy War, Inc.
“Robert Pelton enjoys the credibility not shared by many to comment on the world’s dark corners. Licensed to Kill sheds light on one of the corners—the world of private for-hire guns, mercenaries, and armies. It’s a reality; it’s a business; it’s lucrative . . . Consider Licensed to Kill a ‘safety brief,’ a military term for ‘pay attention.’ Read it . . . pay attention.” —James A. “Spider” Marks, Major General, United States Army (Ret.)
“Pelton reveals how the U.S. military-industrial complex has created its own dark version of the nonstate warrior [and] asks if companies like Blackwater and Executive Outcomes could become the new Hessians for both multinational corporations and overstretched armies.” —Jonathan Taplin, professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication, and producer of Under Fire, The Last Waltz, and Mean Streets
“‘The dark side of the war on terror’ may sound redundant, but how else can you describe the world of contractors, mercs, and wackos who are paid big money to keep the key players alive and the war machinery humming? It’s a cynical, funny, and very scary place, stretching from Arkansas to Fallujah, and no one gets it, or tells it, better than Robert Young Pelton.” —John Rasmus, editor in chief, National Geographic Adventure
From the Hardcover edition.
Robert Young Pelton is a journalist, filmmaker, and explorer. He is the author of The World's Most Dangerous Places, Come Back Alive, The Adventurist, and Three Worlds Gone Mad. Pelton has worked for National Geographic, Discovery, 60 Minutes, the ABC Investigative Division, and CNN. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for National Geographic Adventure.
From the Hardcover edition.
Interesting facts about our extra military trained for special tactics. Thank you for your prompt service and the book does tell facts missing from our news media.Published 8 days ago by Sandra Smith
Once I started reading it was hard to put down. Interesting, informative and scary. I never had any idea how very involved Private Security Companies are in world politics.Published 16 days ago by cobra
a very interesting read. It does place you alongside the shooter. In short....I liked it !Published 26 days ago by Doctorcrime
Very fascinating . The author really did his home work, reviled aspects I would never have thought of as a lincess to kill. Very good reading.Published 28 days ago by dale toronjo
Excellent book chack full of personal experiences in Iraq and Afganistan with the private security forces. A must read for anyone who really wants to know what really happen there.Published 1 month ago by SRS
Well researched and balanced, providing a variety of perspectives. Amazing stories and characters that seem like they are from a movie.Published 2 months ago by cl
A bit dated by now, but still a must-read for those following the CT world. RYP is a fantastic writer, and the subject matter is captivating. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew Lathrop
An interesting insight into contract work, certainly worth a readPublished 5 months ago by Mr Marvel