Master of War LP: Blackwater USA's Erik Prince and the Business of War

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Harper Collins, Jun 23, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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In the long annals of military privateers there has never been a story quite like that of Blackwater USA. No company has ever so quickly amassed its size, fire- and man-power, and full-service military capability. No company did so well during the Bush years, nor crashed to the ground more quickly as those years came to an end. And no man better exemplifies the risks and rewards taken and offered during the Bush years than Blackwater's founder, Erik Prince.

Blackwater became radioactive after one particular violent eruption killed more than a dozen innocent Iraqi civilians in 2007. It was only a matter of time before the Iraqi government banned the company from working anywhere within its borders. By 2009, with its Iraq contract finished, its reputation and balance sheet were in tatters. In February, the company changed its name to Xe (short for xenon, an inert and noncombustible gas) and Erik Prince stepped away from actively managing his fiefdom.

Master of War is a close-up, unvarnished, and unbiased case study of hubris and power—and a disturbing story of a democracy's foreign policy placed in private hands.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Prince
7
Hell and High Water
33
The Blackwater Project
57
How to Rent a War
83
The Bridge in Iraq
108
Private Air Private Eye
145
Under the Gun
185
September 16 2007
229
The Secretary and the Prince
256
Mission in Afghanistan
281
The Blackwater Behemoth
305
The Cost of Business
327
Acknowledgments
351
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