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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (April 23 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156858671X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568586717
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 5.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] courageous and exhaustive examination of the way a number of clandestine campaigns-full of crimes, coverups, and assassinations-became the United States's main strategy for combating terrorism. It's about drones, but also, more profoundly, about what our government does on our behalf, without our consent, and arguably to our disadvantage."
Teju Cole, The New Yorker's 'Best Books of 2013'

"[A] fantastic piece of investigative reporting..."
Noam Chomsky

"Dirty Wars shows you why geography shouldn't join penmanship on the list of obsolete American school disciplines before you even read a single page - in the maps at the front of the book: the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Horn of Africa, Yemen, Mogadishu, Somalia - every one an American theater of war, no matter how few Americans realize it. For the next 500 pages, Scahill demonstrates how what we don't know can hurt us - and hurt lots of other people we don't know."
Los Angeles Review of Books

"There is no journalist in America, in the world, who has reported on what the war on terror actually looks like under the Obama administration better than [Scahill]. This book is an unbelievable accomplishment. [W]hatever your politics, you should read this book. It is incredibly carefully reported. People who come to this book expecting a polemic, I think will be surprised to a find a book that really...lets the facts speak for themselves. What this book does is show a side of our unending wars that we haven't seen... I think every member of Congress should read this book."
Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes

"Dirty Wars will earn its place in history as one of the most important pieces of literature related to over a decade of failed American foreign policy strategy that continues to exist to this day. It's also one of the most grounded and thoroughly researched books I've read on the subject of covert U.S. operations in the 21st Century. A must read for anyone that cares about this country and the direction we are heading."
Brandon Webb, retired member of Navy SEAL Team Three, former lead sniper instructor at the US Naval Special Warfare Command and author of the New York Times bestseller The Red Circle

Dirty Wars is not politically correct. It is not a history of the last decade as seen from inside the White House, or from the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post. Scahill's book takes us inside Dick Cheney's famed "dark side" and tells us, with convincing detail and much new information, what has been done in the name of America since 9/11."
Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

“[One] of the best intelligence reporters on the planet...Scahill has covered the worldwide wanderings of JSOC task forces and their intersection for years, and he takes a deeper look at their expanded post 9/11 mission set. He has incredible sources...”
Marc Ambinder, editor-at-large of The Week

Dirty Wars is the most thorough and authoritative history I’ve read yet of the causes and consequences of America’s post 9/11 conflation of war and national security. I know of no other journalist who could have written it: For over a decade, Scahill has visited the war zones, overt and covert; interviewed the soldiers, spooks, jihadists, and victims; and seen with his own eyes the fruits of America’s bipartisan war fever. He risked his life many times over to write this book, and the result is a masterpiece of insight, journalism, and true patriotism.”
Barry Eisler, novelist and former operative in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations

“There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name.”
Glenn Greenwald, New York Times best-selling author and Guardian columnist

“A surefire hit for fans of Blackwater and studded with intriguing, occasionally damning material.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Scahill adds a thorough and unsentimental accounting of JSOC’s brutal work in Iraq, including a review of the available evidence that prisoners interrogated at its facilities near Baghdad were tortured…Scahill weaves into his larger narrative the most detailed biography of Anwar Awlaki yet published. It is a riveting account.”
Steve Coll, The New Yorker

“Jeremy Scahill’s new book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield is sort of like approaching a dark cavity in an old tree. How many of us would instinctively cry out, ‘I don’t want to look – there will be creepy crawly things in there and I’m better off not knowing!’… Luckily, reporter Scahill has cared to look, and poke at and examine…to shine a light inside the hole, and show us that whatever abomination lurks inside is, in reality, much worse than we had even imagined.”
Kelley Vlahos, antiwar.com

About the Author

Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Democracy Now! He has also appeared on Fresh Air, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill’s work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, which won the cinematography prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


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First off, I doubt many serious intellectually proficient persons, will read through this offering of Scahill and conclude with downplay of his accomplishment. I am not very familiar with Scahill, apart from the fact that he has significant courage, and apparently, no fear of discussing actions of the extremely powerful. I read through this book in just a few days (it being on a reading list of my purchases made from Amazon). I recommend, on the basis of the synopsis, this book to anyone seeking answers to questions pertaining to this field or genre.

In terms of delicate criticism (though very light in my own willingness to level any) I assert that Jeremy finds himself inconsistent in his approach for a small portion of this book (which he admits to from the beginning). The first half of this book is quite informative, though it seems to -at times- sink into redundancy; stating repeatedly things like 'Cheney and Rumsfeld resented' this and that, and their willingness to consistently expand programs. Due to the 'continuing resentments' of Cheney and Rumsfeld and the expansion of extra judicial killing mechanism; mentioned again and again and again, it begins (though not for long) to sink into delirium. In addition, I find the system of annotation that Scahill chooses to employ inside Dirty Wars (leaving all sources and annotative substantiation to the back of the book), adding to its length of more than a hundred pages of supporting documentation less than appealing.

Apart from those (hopefully constructive observations), Scahills work is quite paramount and of extremely authoritative substance. It comes off as exceedingly well researched and impressive. Scahill is a master of his art. He concocts a very compelling and educational approach to the issues raised in this book.
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Great info on US anti-terrorism activities that are rarely covered in mass media. Would rate higher but found book a tad repetitive......stricter editing would have helped.
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Typical Jeremy Scahill, great author, really enjoy his work. Tremendous amount of research went into this book, very well done, very informative and eye opening.
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Absolutely outstanding an erudite forensic study of the reality of the imperial system under Bush and Obama.
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A must read for any one interested in world affairs and for those that want to know the truth !!
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Again a book that can enlighten those that are paying attention.
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This book really gets in behind the political face of the radical right and how they are just as fanatical as the people they were supposedly fighting. They are absolutely despicable people and are war criminals on the level of the Nazis were in the second World War. Unfortunately they will never be brought to justice.
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