Meet Blackwater USA, the world's most 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 nothing about the firm's quasi-military operations in ...Read MoreMeet Blackwater USA, the world's most 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 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 expose by one of America's most exciting young radical journalists.Read Less
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Scahill's documentation of his research is impeccable as he unravels essential components to understanding today's U.S. foreign policy.
Sep 15, 2011
Delivered as discribed.
Eye opening, a must read. It is time to face the facts, grow up and understand what is going on around you.
Sep 17, 2009
We all know that the right wing is the nesting place for nutcases but these guys are armed to the teeth and highly trained. The only saving grace is that this pack of mercenaries are so fat and contented bleeding the US Taxpayer, that we don't have to worry about a coup d'etat-- why kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?
As a former Navy Seal, I've seen the mind set of these macho mechanics and it's frightening to see their alliance with the political wing of the Christian Fundamentalists.
Jun 25, 2009
end of the empire
As many historians have noted the great empires in history started their decline when they started using mercenaries for their wars to sustain their power. Blackwaters rise and dominance in the use of armed forces by the American war powers could be the beginning of the end for the empire we now know as the United States. This chilling book lays bare the machinations and politics of forces we have seen so many times in past empire building and their eventual demise. It was like read and weep, so many collateral casualties on all sides without anyone standing up and shouting: This is where we stop and start to act as civilized people. Money, money and money, the buck stops nowhere, and gradually all the great achievements of our past heroes are destroyed and a leader of democracy becomes a bully to all. Great read, must read, scares the @#$% out of me for the future!
Jun 11, 2009
From the beginning, the author's purpose is to discredit Blackwater Inc. There is no objective information for those seeking to learn more about this organization. I would not recommend this book to anyone but far-leftist organizations looking for further condemnation of Blackwater.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-12-24 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. Simultaneous release with the Nation hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 26). (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-02-26 Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and security firm. It owes its existence, he shows, to the post-Cold War drawdown of U.S. armed forces, its prosperity to the post-9/11 overextension of those forces and its notoriety to a growing reputation as a mercenary outfit, willing to break the constraints on military systems responsible to state authority. Scahill describes Blackwater's expansion, from an early emphasis on administrative and training functions to what amounts to a combat role as an internal security force in Iraq. He cites company representatives who say Blackwater's capacities can readily be expanded to supplying brigade-sized forces for humanitarian purposes, peacekeeping and low-level conflict. While emphasizing the possibility of an adventurous President employing Blackwater's mercenaries covertly, Scahill underestimates the effect of publicity on the deniability he sees as central to such scenarios. Arguably, he also dismisses too lightly Blackwater's growing self-image as the respectable heir to a long and honorable tradition of contract soldiering. Ultimately, Blackwater and its less familiar counterparts thrive not because of a neoconservative conspiracy against democracy, as Scahill claims, but because they provide relatively low-cost alternatives in high-budget environments and flexibility at a time when war is increasingly protean. (Apr. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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