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Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror Hardcover – November 18, 2013
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“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, founded Blackwater in 1997. He served as its CEO until 2009 and its Chairman until 2010, when the company was sold. A native of Michigan, he now lives in Abu Dhabi, where he pursues a variety of business ventures.
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But, after reading this book, I take my hat off for all those who were employed by Blackwater during those dangerous and difficult years in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They did an impressive job, and they got the work record that shows it, 100 000 missions completed flawlessly. Only to be sacrificed by a press wanting to sell a scoop and by politicians looking to score some political points to advance their carrers
Information on the incidents in Fallujah in late mars 2004 and Najaf in early april, had always been a bit unclear to me, before I read this book. It cleared up all the out of context info I had heard from other sources up until now. When the incidents in Najaf occurred, Blackwater were the first ones to respond to the situation of those that were besieged by the Mahdi army.
The US army said it needed 24 hours before it could send a resupply of ammo and reinforcements, Blackwater responded within a few hours and that is what saved those surrounded in that compound.
Now, I also see how pointless all that debating about what Blackwater did on that day truly is.
To ERIC PRINCE: I was wrong about you and your company, and I take my hat off for both you and your guys and for what you did during those difficult times.
If you're looking for a different perspective of how the world of private contractors works, the challenges they face, and the type of work they do, this is a great book to read.
Erik Prince gives an honest take from his position on the company he built and that America needed while also, in my opinion, blowing the lid off of the negative press his company received all these years. I read this book after reading other military books [The Way of the knife, The Red Circle, Honor and Betrayal] and it offered me a completely different look on how far the Government is willing to go to seek (political) cover and hang folks to dry. Overall, Erik Prince does a fine job explaining and offering historical context, very personal accounts and admitting flaws, and perspective...it's really up to the reader to decide to either absorb or ignore after 'hearing' from the other side - the proverbial horse's mouth.
I would recommend reading The Way of the Knife as a companion to give a reader an idea of the other half that Erik Prince alludes to but cannot explicitly mention, namely the CIA assassination program via surrogates like Blackwater. In retrospect, the fact remains that despite how divisive contractors are in the war on terror with people, politicians, POTUS...they are still being employed and contracts renewed, even Blackwater or Academi as it is now known. That in itself speaks for itself.
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Sometimes the U.S. Government can't get out of its own way
And this is the book that explains it !!!