Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International) Kindle Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0275996338
ISBN-10: 0275996336
Why is ISBN important?
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Kindle App Ad
Digital List Price: $55.00

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

New from Used from
"Please retry"

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Editorial Reviews


"As a careful, sober survey of PMCs, Shadow Force is a valuable contribution to the public debate about contracting…Isenberg's arguments are solid…His book should be on every activists' and researchers' shelf." -

"Without significantly scaling back US geopolitical commitments or vastly expanding the US military, private military contractors will remain a part of the forces deployed in US military commitments, argues the author, who on that basis surveys the major issues and lessons concerning the operations of private military contractors in the US occupation of Iraq, focusing on private security contractors, such as Blackwater, more than contractors that serve logistical functions, such as KBR. He surveys the major players in the industry and then discusses issue of control and accountability, particularly in reference to the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, conflicts between contractors and military commanders, and the problems of regulation and control in US domestic politics." - Reference & Research Book News

". . . thoughtful and thorough analysis of the rise of PMCs as actors in modern conflicts. . . . Although much has been written about this topic, the balanced discussion provided by Isenberg is an essential read for those seeking to learn more about the role and implications of PMCs." - Journal of Peace Research

"Isenberg provides a detailed overview of the local situation with striking precision and figures. First, he outlines the origin and path of what he calls the 're-emergence of an old phenomenon,' explaining the long-term U.S. policy of military outsourcing and its often controversial nature. The author then examines the consequences of such a strategy during Operation Iraqi Freedom." - Journal of International Peace Operations


"David Isenberg has been a tireless chronicler of the birth, growth and rise of the private military phenomena. Shadow Force is a new addition to the must have list of books on the privatization of violence." (Robert Young Pelton, author of Licensed to Kill)

"David Isenberg was among the very first serious researchers to recognize a unique industry among the many firms providing services to governments in conflict in post-conflict environments. While others dismissed the phenomenon or soon departed into populist conjecture, David grasped the history and recognized both the long-term value and sober implications of this maturing sector. His research and articles in the mid 1990s helped stimulate a cottage industry of scholastic and journalistic research on the topic-often more absurd than serious. No one else considers this topic with the same breadth of knowledge or rational understanding, and few are as good at discerning genuine areas of concern from great gobs of absurd speculation." (Doug Brooks, Founder and Director of the International Peace Operations Association)

"They are not mercenaries and they are not soldiers. So what are they? That is the question increasing numbers of people, both government officials and the general public, have been asking since the United States invaded Iraq. In this book David Isenberg, one of the earliest and most perceptive observers of the private security contracting industry explains who is operating in Iraq, their benefits and liabilities, and their impact both nationally and globally. If you have to read just one book on the subject make it this one." (Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Senior Advisor, Center for Defense Information)

Product details

  • File Size: 2716 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (December 30, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00272MACK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Customer reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)