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Blackwater Audiobook

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

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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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    Max Hawi, HI, USA 01-18-09
    Max Hawi, HI, USA 01-18-09 Member Since 2015
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    If you like Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein or William Blum you will love this book. The link between massive corruption and privatization is shown in startling relief. Bringing extreme Christianity into the mixture is a nice addition.

    12 of 19 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

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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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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 11-27-16
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 11-27-16 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "Well... this was terrifying"

    This was a scary, intense, thought-provoking book to read, and I'm so glad I did. Here you will find the story not just of how a powerful and rich ultra right wing and fundamentalist family created the largest private army in the world, but more importantly, the story of how America has slowly outsourced more and more of the war effort. We see the beginnings of Blackwater, as a training ground for armed forces and police. But then they grow to private security, peacekeeping operations, and worldwide mercinaries. The questions this book raises are serious, profound, and largely neglected by American culture: if private armies fight our wars, then who holds them accountable to the same code of conduct as the actual army? If we privatize our wars, and don't count these contractors among the dead, do Americans get a real sense of our war's devistation? If we use a 1:1 armed service-member to contractor ratio, doesn't that make it easier to fight in wars, and doesn't that mean we will deploy troops with less oversight? And what does that mean to our democracy? And if contractors are sent out with less legal oversight and on shorter contracts, whose to say they won't leave an area less politically secure than when they went in?

    This is an important book. It makes two real points as it charts the company from its founding in 1997 to 2006. First, contractors are not held to the same moral and legal code as the real army, and are thus more likely to commit abuses. Second, the use of contractors makes it much too easy for a country to engage in wars without real consequence of oversight of the population. You should read it.

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    Sean M RIley 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Opinion not fact"

    Obviously written by someone who has a strong opinion against military forces and private contractors.

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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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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