The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Explores the private security company Blackwater USA, including the background of its founder; its relationship with the United States government; and its role in the Iraq War, the cleanup of Hurricane Katrina, and the War on Terror.

Perseus Publishing
On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled ?Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the ?War on Terror.” In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.

The unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex, hailed by the Bush administration as a revolution in military affairs, but considered by others as a dire threat to American democracy.

Publisher Group West
Meet BLACKWATER USA, the world's most secretive and powerful mercenary firm. Based in the wilderness of North Carolina, it is the fastest-growing private army on the planet with forces capable of carrying out regime change throughout the world. Blackwater protects the top US officials in Iraq and yet we know almost nothing about the firm's quasi-military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the US. Blackwater was founded by an extreme right-wing fundamentalist Christian mega-millionaire ex- Navy Seal named Erik Prince, the scion of a wealthy conservative family that bankrolls far-right-wing causes.
Blackwater is the dark story of the rise of a powerful mercenary army, ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to rooftop firefights in Najaf to the hurricane-ravaged US gulf to Washington DC, where Blackwater executives are hailed as new heroes in the war on terror. This is an extraordinary exposé by one of America's most exciting young radical journalists.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781560259794
Branch Call Number: 355.3540973 Sca
Characteristics: xxvii, 452 p.


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Jul 18, 2015

was hoping for more of a history and less of a diatribe. dust cover says it's a first book by this author. I won't be looking for a second

BklynHFAIR Jun 17, 2015

Very informative.

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May 01, 2013

Students of medieval history will find Blackwater, now called XE and in Canada the Pm's security detail called: 'Intelligent Solutions'. Christians at war with the world.. One can see the creator of this mercenary army, Erik Prince's name throughout politics and business - A 'Prince' financed Jean Chretians campaigns, a Prince is head of Citi Bank, and a Prince supplies PM Harper with security. A far right Christian evangelical army, whose history betrays a medieval attitude towards killing, torture, etc. Thugs with guns, immune from prosecution. An easy, unsettling read; but one that illustrates how ridiculous and useless, newsmedia of the paper or TV variety really is, we never really learn what really happening. In medieval Europe these types of groups led to the Free Companies and subsequent slaughter of citizens. Now the slaughter is directed, but when does it change. Makes one wonder about the Long Gun Registry, who would want their name known if this pans out as history seems to show.Time marches backwards it seems. Other related books: Coporate Warriors, by singer. Blood Money,miller; Torture Taxi; Ghost Wars, Coll. A must read for anyone wanting to realize how little we affect and how much the religious right is perverting the whole concept of dif' from the Islamists, or the Israeli's it seems..

Jul 04, 2011

This book is IMPORTANT. It's almost 500 pages but it's well worth your time and effort. I actually recommend buying the book so you can underline sentences and write comments in the margins.
I suspect most people reading this already know about Blackwater. This book explains how Blackwater came to exist, how it functions, who it serves and I have to say it's damn scary.
This private army came about because of a "perfect storm" of situations. The volunteer military was having problems recruiting enough people for GW's adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan so hiring private "contractors" was tempting. Plus the international community wasn't very enthusiastic in supporting America's wars and so that caused a staffing deficit as well. Plus our country became increasingly anti-war and the President saw the advantage of having private companies carry out missions that the public would no longer support.
Sadly the private security companies such as Blackwater have spread their wings throughout the world and we all should worry about it. If they wanted to, they might be able to take over the world. I know that sounds like science fiction but I am not kidding.
Talk about this book with your friends and family. Write the Secretary of State, the Secretary of War, and President Obama and urge them to figure out how to get out from under this addiction to private armies of mercenaries. Hurry.

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