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The world first learned ofBlackwater USA in March2004 when several of its menwere ambushed and killed inFallujah, Iraq. Their bodieswere badly beaten, and twowere then hung from a bridge as a sign ofIraqi resistance to the U.S. occupation. Inthe years that followed, Blackwater grew tobecome one of the U.S. government’s mosttrusted partners in Iraq and Afghanistan,despite headline-grabbing controversiessuch as the shooting of Iraqi civilians byBlackwater guards in a Baghdad trafficcircle in 2007.
Based on her extraordinary access toBlackwater founder Erik Prince and dozensof his key executives, author SuzanneSimons offers a riveting, eye-openingportrait of the former Navy SEAL andthe company that became the face ofprivate warfare in the twenty-first century.Prince sat atop an empire that not onlyincluded a massive training complex formilitary and law enforcement but alsocomprised an entire aviation division thatcatered to military needs in the world’smost dangerous locations and a privatespy company run by former top CIA men.Master of War is an intimate look at the riseand fall of an extraordinary company—ledby a contemporary prince, unaccountableto American voters, with the instrumentsof war at his disposal.
This is a an excellent book if you want to understand the background of Eric Prince and Blackwater. The book is not totally objective but having read other books and reports it is... Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by worm
Nice to get someone else's opion on the Private Contractors life, how certain details are with held from the news to be bias in their report.Published on February 10, 2010 by Deborah K. Wells
I bought this book after hearing the author interviewed on NPR. The last book I read even remotely concerned with military history was Massie's excellent "Peter the Great", so I... Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by P. W. Dana
This book is pretty much a puff piece on Blackwater written from way too high a level to be of much use. Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by Book buyer
I picked up this book at the local bookstore and thumbed through it. What I found was that the Author told the story of the battle in Najaf by citing General Ricardo Sanchez's... Read morePublished on August 13, 2009 by Florida Vet