I bought this book hoping that the reviews were wrong. This is blatant anti-American propaganda. The character voices (which I hate to begin with) of Americans sound like Gomer Pile while things told from the Liberal, War-fearing, Military-hating perspective are in the narrators normal voice.
Save your money and your time.
I truly struggled to finish this book based on the simple fact that this author was not interested in providing the truth. But perpetuating the rumors and untruths surrounding Blackwater. The men who joined this company were not simply civilians. But highly trained and patriotic men who knew their mission was not over. This book was simply a waste of time to start.
You have to be a little skeptical when not one positive point was made about black water or anyone working with them in the entire book.
Not saying it was made up, but I think the truth falls somewhere in the middle of this author and Eric Prince's book
The author obviously hates private military contractors, Blackwater, Republicans and Christians. A real hit job. I only made it through a couple of chapters.
Nothing. The author obviously has an anti Blackwater agenda.
Reader sounded condescending and cynical.
I'm not sure I've ever encountered such a one-sided account of any story in my life. According to this author, Blackwater and the Bush Administration did EVERYTHING wrong. If the author knew which side of the bed George W. Bush slept on, he could have spent an entire chapter on telling you why that was wrong. If you're looking for an account of what's gone right and what's gone wrong in one book...this is not the book for you; it only tells half the story.
I would never purchase another book by this author. He clearly has an agenda and it's not being as factual and honest as he can be.
I became so overwhelmed by the bias that I had to stop listening about half-way through. I just found it hard to believe anything I was hearing.
Probably not. Took me a while to get used to the reader
The Reason I had to get used this style is probably because the last book I listened to the reader was so different and I really liked him and I just had to get used to Tom's different style.
Small but powerful army
Great information and very eye-opening
Jeremy's constant drum beating about ominous political and religious connections to Blackwater and its founder became comical. None of his dire scenarios played out or resulted in anything nefarious. Its clear he wrote this book with the intent of blowing open the huge conspiracy of government, converatives, and the religious right. The problem is he never comes up with any evidence that such a conspiracy existed, or that it had any impact on politics or the wars. I kept thinking "Its the little boy that cried wolf."
None of his evidence was compelling. It really didn't seem to be well written at all. Was he his own editor on this? Was it his first book? Don't waste your money on this one.
Mr. Scahill offers an insight into the entire war profiteering business inside and outside Washington. I found it to be very informative.
It is interesting to see the decline of Blackwater in the days that followed the publishing of the book and I don't know that that there is a cause and effect relationship here. One thing I know is that Blackwater overreached and probably tumbled because of that!
I found it to be interesting that both Jeremy Scahill and Naomi Klein reference each other's books (Blackwater and Shock Doctrine) respectively from within their books. I guess it suggests they were collaborating while writing their books which is not unheard of in the business of writing books.
THIS IS A VERY UNSYMPATHETIC APPRAISAL OF BLACKWATER AND TOM WEINER, THE READER, IS WELL CAST FOR HIS ROLE. I LIKE HISTORIES BY ACADEMIC HISTORIANS NOT PROPAGANDISTS. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE AUTHOR DOES NOT LIKE BLACKWATER, ITS GENESIS, OR ITS FOUNDERS. PROBABLY BLACKWATER HAS A CASE TO ANSWER IN MANY AREAS BUT I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO COME TO ANY UNDERSTANDING GIVEN SUCH BLATANTLY SLANTED MATERIAL. THIS AUTHOR IS AS ABOUT AS OBJECTIVE ABOUT THE RIGHT WING AS RUSH LIMBAUGH IS ABOUT THOSE ON THE LEFT.