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

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PublicAffairs, May 27, 2008 - History - 560 pages
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The groundbreaking bestselling expose of the shadowy mercenary army that perpetrated horrific war crimes in America's name.

On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad's Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled "Baghdad's Bloody Sunday," was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces, subcontractors working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide, led by Erik Prince

Award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to reveal the frightening new face of the U.S. military machine, and what happens when you outsource war.

"A crackling expose" -- New York Times Book Review

"[Scahill] is a one-man truth squad" -- Bill Moyers

"[An] utterly gripping and explosive story" -- Naomi Klein, The Guardian
 

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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

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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Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestsellers Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army and Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. He is a co-founder of The Intercept and has served as the National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and Democracy Now! Scahill is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award. He is a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.

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