Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

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Nation Books, May 27, 2008 - History - 585 pages
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In this exposť by radical journalist Scahill, you will 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. This book 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.--From publisher description.
 

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The rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army. “Jeremy Scahill actually doesn’t know anything about Blackwater.” So says Martin Strong Vice President Blackwater Worldwide. With the greatest ... Read full review

Blackwater

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This book is a must for anyone currently in or thinking about going into the armed services. It is also a must for anyone who votes and is concerned about the privatization of war and war profiteering as well as mercenaries working within the United States borders. Read full review

Contents

THE FACE OF BLACKWATER
1
BAGHDADS BLOODY SUNDAY
3
MAKING A KILLING
49
LITTLE PRINCE
65
BLACKWATER BEGINS
89
FALLUJAH BEFORE BLACKWATER
113
GUARDING BUSHS MAN IN BAGHDAD
125
SCOTTY GOES TO WAR
145
BLACKWATERS MAN IN CHILE
245
THE WHORES OF WAR
275
THE CRASH OF BLACKWATER
305
COFER BLACK THE GLOVES COME OFF
329
DEATH SQUADS MERCENARIES AND THE SALVADOR OPTION
349
JOSEPH SCHMITZ CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
365
BLACKWATER DOWN BAGHDAD ON THE BAYOU
389
THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
409

THE AMBUSH
155
WE WILL PACIFY FALLUJAH
169
NAJAF IRAQ 40404
181
THIS IS FOR THE AMERICANS OF BLACKWATER
197
MR PRINCE GOES TO WASHINGTON
209
CASPIAN PIPELINE DREAMS
231
BLACKWATER BEYOND BUSH
447
Acknowledgments
465
Notes
469
Index
535
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About the author (2008)

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice. While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Traveling around the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina, Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS's The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide. Scahill also serves as an election correspondent for HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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