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Soldiers of Fortune: A History of the Mercenary in Modern Warfare Hardcover – April 7, 2009

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“Geraghty clearly demonstrates that as the major powers have been cutting their regular forces, the freelance soldier may well turn out to be the supreme arbiter of outcomes in such trouble areas as Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the Third World. One of the best and most authoritative books on the subject.” (London Herald)

“Starred Review. This serious study should find its way to most readers of military history. An outstanding survey of the modern mercenary.” (Library Journal)

“The subject is fascinating. . . . A shadowy, brutal world.” (The New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tony Geraghty has a lifetime’s experience as a soldier, airman, and war correspondent. He is the author of Soldiers of Fortune and Black Ops, and is a writer for The Guardian and The Sunday Times in London.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160598048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605980485
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I lost faith in this book being a good read on page 1 where the author writes the following. "Since 9 September 2001 - the event now known universally as 9/11 - the world has been taken over by a global war on terror,..." The last time I checked 9/11 stood for September 11, 2001, 9 being the month of September and 11 being the 11th day of September. How could you publish something like this. There are other details that are flat out wrong in the book. The author lists a Colonel Tom Beckwith as being the founder of Delta Force when in reality it was Charlie Beckwith who wrote a book about the subject. If the author is getting easily found facts wrong I wonder how much actual fact is written in the book and how much is flat out fiction.
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This book deals mainly with goverments avoiding ties to mercenary forces and not to the actual subject of mercenaries in modern warfare. I would avoid this book unless you can't get to sleep.
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Originally, I had picked up this book at the library. I like Geraghty's work - have his book on Great Britain's SAS - so was prepared for a well researched and informative read. And it was that. Geraghty traces use of the mercenary from Pinkerton days to the present. In fact, it has the first sensible discussion of the Iran-Contra affair. He writes well and, as an ex-Para and military reporter, knowledgeably. Both American and British use of free lance soldiers are discussed and their value as "deniables". For those interested, listed are the major British private security agents. (I am familiar with one organization, having trained with Centurion for a week last year.) Anyway, the upshot is, I returned the book to the library and promptly bought it. It's a keeper!
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Format: Paperback
hello all
let me say that i did something with this book i have never done before with any other book no matter how big or small. I did not finish it, or more likely i could not finish it. First off let me say that the typos are a problem, i mean when you miss type 9/11 that is a biggy and should have been caught in the first shot there are others but that aint the big problem with this book, it is the fact that it is a pure analytical there is no emotion in it. the other books i read about soldiers of fortune have had some emotion of some kind but this one did not now the only reason i did not give it a one star is that there is alot of information in this book but i can not advice getting this book, there are many others that have better writing and as much information so if you really in need of a SOF fix get this book but i advice looking around first before doing so
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Format: Hardcover
Mr. Geraghty has written a powerful and first rate book on 20th & 21st centruy mercenary's. If your want all the facts in a single volume of work, "this is the book".

You understand the romance, the power and lives of the people who hire "merc's" and those who are the true merc's.
This is the book with all the anwers....."BUY it and Buy it now!!"
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