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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army Paperback – May 27 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Scahill's liberal horror story is about the company that has deployed many of the private contractors who have assisted the U.S. military in Iraq and been responsible for more than its share of death and disorder. Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, amps up the scare language in his study of both Blackwater and the wealthy, ultra-conservative Prince family that founded the company, but luckily, Weiner does not. With his booming baritone reined tightly in check, Weiner coolly and calmly delivers the bad news. The parade of scaremongering may grow wearying, but Weiner maintains his composure throughout, offsetting Scahill (to a degree) by virtue of his unyielding temperateness.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"Virginian-Pilot""At Blackwater USA, Jeremy Scahill's is the face they love to hate... [He is] perhaps the private military company's most dogged critic."Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time""[Scahill's] book is so scary and so illuminating.""The Guardian" (London)"Blackwater being rarely out of the news lately, this is a very useful survey of modern mercenaries - or, as they prefer to be called, 'private security contractors' in the 'peace and stability industry'...Scahill is a sharp investigative writer."Scarlett Johansson, actor"It should be mandatory reading. It's very interesting - and scary."See all Product Description
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I hope he publishes an updated version soon, as there have been many important developments since the pressing of this edition.
The book does present an obviously negative slant, and for the last several chapters, the author heavily cites Robert Young Pelton and PW Singer's works, so you are better off reading their material.
Only if you cant get enough of books about modern mercenaries
Highly recommend this book for it's content and the entertainment value as well.
Scahill covers the rise of the Prince family, as well as the growth of the connection between the family and the neo-cons of the Republican party. I don't personally see the menace behind Prince's Christianity - I think this is where Scahill is stretching - but his analyses of specific incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan is detailed and informative. Scahill's book only shows the need for further reporting on the world of soldiers for hire.
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It was a very revealing,expose on the private armies of The World.it is very concerning,A great job of Authorship and devoted digging,.Published on Aug. 24 2013 by Douglas Gillespie
Biased from the beginning. The actual info pertaining to Blackwater could have been condensed into about 20 pages, the rest is just left-wing drivel. Read morePublished on April 2 2010 by K. Moorhead
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