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

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Serpent's Tail, 2008 - Fallujah, Battle of, Fall┐▒jah, Iraq, 2004 - 550 pages
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An extraordinary expos by one of America's young radical journalists, this is the dark story of the rise of a powerful mercenary army, ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, where Blackwater executives are hailed as heroes.

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User Review  - Kavinay - LibraryThing

You go into the book thinking Erik Prince is Darth Vader. He's not. He's more akin to Director Krennic: a manipulator of corrupt institutions that simply don't value life. The real shock of Scahill's ... Read full review

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User Review  - TobinElliott - LibraryThing

This book just confirms what we all know: the Untied (spelling intentional) States of America is a seriously fucked-up place. This book terrified me. Overly-powerful fanatical men, believing they are ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Jeremy Scahill is an unembedded, international journalist. He has covered the war in Iraq; the downfall of Milosevic s government in Serbia; the role of the Chevron oil corporation in the massacre of protesting villagers in the Niger Delta; and the involvement of mercenaries in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He was among the only western reporters to gain access to the Abu Ghraib prison when Saddam Hussein was in power. Scahill has won numerous journalism awards. Blackwater is his first book.

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