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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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 working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the "War on Terror." In his gripping bestseller, 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 expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.

"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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From my Cannonball Read V review... Just to make sure we're all on the same page: Blackwater is a horrible, horrible, horrible company, right? Like, everyone with a conscience is aware of that fact ... Read full review

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Quick review: Blackwater is one of the leading corporate players in the growing privatization of American military might. This book is a timely study of Blackwater and, more generally, of America's ... 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 one of the three founding editors of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army and coauthor of The Assassination Complex. Scahill has served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now! and was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award. Scahill 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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