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
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.
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