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Blackwater Audiobook
Blackwater
Written by: 
Jeremy Scahill
Narrated by: 
Tom Weiner
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Blackwater Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation.

Meet Blackwater USA, the most secretive, most powerful, and fastest-growing private army on the planet. Founded by fundamentalist Christian mega-millionaire Erik Prince, the scion of a conservative dynasty that bankrolls extreme-right-wing causes, this company of soldiers is now being sent "to the front lines of a global battle, waged largely on Muslim lands, that an evangelical president, whom Prince helped put in the White House, has boldly defined as a 'crusade'."

Ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to Washington, D.C., where they are hailed as heroes, this is the dark story of Blackwater's rise to power.

©2007 Jeremy Scahill; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A crackling expose." (New York Times Book Review)
"Jeremy Scahill's Blackwater would be a masterpiece of the genre of futuristic sci fi were it not so regrettably real....It's got all the twists and turns and secret corners of a Hollywood thriller....[A] horrifying but necessary read." (Daily Kos)

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    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 11-27-07
    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 11-27-07

    I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.

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    "What did you say you were going to say?"

    I think the author forgot his point while writing this book. There is a lot of really pertinent information, and when coupled with some other really good books on the contracting issue, you start to get a really good idea of what it means to be a Libertarian or Neocon.
    The book loses focus in many parts when it focuses too much on the political machinations in the Bush Administration. The whittled down objective information is enough to make you scream...even if the author's adjectives weren't in the way.
    The narrator is really grimmy though. He made me want to wash my ears. I think he was trying way too hard to sound like a bad guy telling a story.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 07-14-11
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 07-14-11 Member Since 2014

    coachwrite

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    "OUCH! The truth HURTS!"

    A MUST READ for anyone who votes...well researched, well written, well done!
    The "patriot" responsible for this mercenary army has since moved to the Middle East to avoid investigation and taxation...money talks, BS walks!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Floyd Leesburg, VA, USA 12-30-07
    Floyd Leesburg, VA, USA 12-30-07
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    "Not as advertised"

    This book is not about Blackwater at all. It is an opportunity to make subjective statements about everything wrong about our current policies. The simplified version of this book can be expressed by the following authors conclusions:
    Blackwater is a christian right organization and this is bad.
    Our military is mismanaged and doing evil things around the world.
    Our leaders are driven by greed and ignorance.
    We are murderers and our "foes" in Iraq are "resistance fighters".
    If you are looking for any real insight into "Blackwater" or organizations like this, don't bother with this book. There is no real objective insight here just an adgenda to fill.
    This book is about as insightful as an islamic martyr school.

    34 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Gooderman San Francisco, CA 11-14-07
    Stewart Gooderman San Francisco, CA 11-14-07 Member Since 2007

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    "another"

    Only an informed citizenry is capable of make sound decisions about the future of our country. With the approaching presidential election, this is another of those works that should be read by all of us so that we can better judge who will lead us for the next four years. What is so wonderful about this book is that it gives the reader the background to understand what is happening in the news even as I write this review. Listen and learn. You won't regret it!

    18 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    David New Richmond, WI, USA 11-12-07
    David New Richmond, WI, USA 11-12-07
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    "Not really about Blackwater"

    This audiobook is more a rant against the U.S. and its troops in Iraq than a book about Blackwater. I bought this audiobook hoping to learn about Blackwater and the role of mercenaries in Iraq. I confess that I'm little over halfway through the book but feel that it is necessary to warn others that a good portion of the book is taken up with villanizing the religious right, America and its troops, not with detailing and analyzing the history and role of Blackwater. Much of the book consists of brief, misleading quotes, without context, attempting to justify the authors anti-U.S. position. The narrator is onboard: when military authorities are quoted they are usually portrayed as gruff and insensitive.

    Many mistakes have been made in this war and they have been chronicled by Thomas Ricks and others. That's not what I wanted to learn about when I bought this book. If you want a book about the horrors of modern warfare, I suggest "War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning," by Chris Hedges. I cannot recommend this book for anyone seeking a relative objective view of Blackwater.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Al USA 05-10-16
    Al USA 05-10-16 Member Since 2016

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    "OK"

    Just OK. lots of information about related topics and not a lot about Blackwater itself.
    sometimes I felt I was listening yo a separate story nothing to do with blackwater. Then the bool returned to the original topic.

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    Hunter D Kyle 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very informative"

    this book was a deeper look into the world of private Contracting. reply or better in the United States Army infantry I found this extremely informative. however there seem to be heavy liberal overtones regarding any basis on religion and also military.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vaghenag 03-19-15
    Vaghenag 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A view changer"

    It gives one an idea of what really goes on behind the events that one cannot make sense of.eye opener.

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    Hasmi Banff, Alberta, Canada 02-25-14
    Hasmi Banff, Alberta, Canada 02-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrid Narration!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the talent director had been better, or the narrator better, it would have been worth listening to. I couldn't get past the first chapter. I ground my teeth every time the narrator put on his fake TV Announcer voice.


    What was most disappointing about Jeremy Scahill’s story?

    There was nothing wrong with the story. I was looking forward to it but I just couldn't stand it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Weiner?

    If the narrator could keep from putting on his fake "TV Announcer" voice every time a strong point was to be made in the story, it would have been better. Working in the voice industry I know this is often the voice director's fault and yet narrators are blamed all the time. So my comment is to whomever decided on this creative approach - stop it! I don't need a fake tone to emphasize that this is an "important" point. I just want the facts, straight forward and I can make my own decision on how I feel about what I'm listening to. I haven't seen the book in printed form and perhaps the writer italicized these areas but a good director should have known better and that it would sound 'put on' or fake.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. It felt like such a waste to take non-fiction work with existing political undercurrents and to add additional commentary by having the narrator take on such an over the top attitude to nail a point home. I'm not stupid and don't need it pointed out. It just ruined the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 02-22-14
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    "Liberal Extremism at its finest"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Weiner’s performances?

    No, he sounds like he's stuck for eternity as the narrator of a movie preview.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's liberal bias blinds him from telling the full story of the contributions made by Blackwater personnel to the war effort. The service of these Patriots is painted as evil. I'm sure the spineless author has never contributed to the prosperity of our Republic through military or civilian service. He is simply a liberal puppet sitting on the sidelines of history, judging the work of others because he is too much of a coward to contribute anything of value to the society in which he lives. I couldn't finish the book, so strong is the stench of his propaganda and liberal rhetoric.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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