In this groundbreaking book of new reportage, sure to stir a global debate, journalist Jeremy Scahill - author of the acclaimed international best seller Blackwater - takes us into the heart of the War on Terror’s most dangerous battlefields as he chases down the most important foreign-policy story of our time.
From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.
Written in a gripping, action-packed narrative nonfiction style, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield reveals that, despite his pledge to bring accountability to US wars and to end Bush-era abuses, President Barack Obama has kept in place many of the most dangerous and secret programs that thrived under his predecessor. In stunning detail, Scahill exposes how Obama has escalated these secret US wars and has built up an elite secret US military unit that answers to no one but the president himself. Scahill reveals the existence of previously unreported secret prisons, kidnappings, assassinations, and cover-ups of covert operations gone terribly wrong.
In this remarkable story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill documents the new paradigm of American war: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never publicly acknowledged.
The devastating picture that emerges in Dirty Wars is of a secret US killing machine that has grown more powerful than whatever president happens to reside in the White House. Scahill argues that far from keeping the United States - and the world - safe from terrorism, these covert American wars ensure that the terror will grow and spread.
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“Dirty Wars is the most thorough and authoritative history I’ve read yet of the causes and consequences of America’s post-9/11 conflation of war and national security. I know of no other journalist who could have written it: for over a decade, Scahill has visited the war zones, overt and covert; interviewed the soldiers, spooks, jihadists, and victims; and seen with his own eyes the fruits of America’s bipartisan war fever. He risked his life many times over to write this book, and the result is a masterpiece of insight, journalism, and true patriotism.”—Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author
“There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly, and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name.”—Glenn Greenwald, New York Times bestselling author and Guardian columnist
“A surefire hit for fans of Blackwater and studded with intriguing, occasionally damning material.”—Kirkus Reviews
Find out what's been going on in our back yard in our name.
And then find out what is bending now .
If you liked the movie you'll love the book
Perpetual war is a tough topic to discuss and here the book fails to present the dynamism of Blackwater. Although characterizing many of the combatants as being human beings with a cause is commendable , I think the book would better serve the discussion if it identified two or three themes, such as the profit making war industrial complex and its ability to influence policy regardless of who's in the White House.
Put this book on your to-do.
Scahill's book on covert US (and allies) military and intelligence actions across the planet reads like an intelligence report. It presents evidence where it is known and presents multiple possibilities-including their sources-where only speculation is known allowing the reader to perform their own research and come to their own conclusions. It does not play politics; it does not play favorites. No matter where one stands on US covert action executed in the vein or name of anti-terror, I highly recommend every US citizen read this book as an introduction to the decisions being made and the raging war our military forces and intelligence agencies are being asked to wage on our behalf.
Yes, well set out and easy to follow chronology of recent actions around the war on terror
THe shocking and unbelievable events that goes on around us every day that we are oblivious of. The share detailed account and historical events blew me away.
The kander of the Author, he went about this book in a no holds barred approach, the thoroughness of the book.
I can't say that I had a favorite part, as the entire book was so captivating and riddled with jaw dropping details.
The callousness of people in power to account the lives of the innocent by standers as cannon fodder. It causes one to wonder how unimportant our families and loved ones are when spread abroad and are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This is a must read for all to awaken us from our false sense of reality in the world that we live in.
I watched the documentary "Dirty Wars" and Jeremy Scahill has a wonderful voice and would've been 10 times better at reading this than the baritone and raspy voice of the dull reader in this case.
Monotone voice and too deep.
The facts about JSOC
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This gives context to the sound bites on the news. It might make you very angry, no matter your politics. War is hell and sometimes extreme definitive action solves a problem. Sometimes hubris can lead to shocking behavior. Americans following our foreign policy and the status of the war on terror and its costs to our freedoms and souls would likely find this useful, shocking, stirring.
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