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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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    Ross Austin, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Ross Austin, TX, United States 10-26-11
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    "Sophomoric attempt at a hit piece"

    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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Martin A. Oakes 12-22-09

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    "5% fact and 95% rants"

    The author places a few Blackwater facts in each chapter, and then disgresses to rant about something tangential. e.g. Chapter 1 turns into a rant against the Christian Right because somehow Charles Colson's name comes up. Another Chapter against Bush judicial appointments (e.g. "extremist Judge Bork" -- how is this relevant). Another Chapter indicts the embedded journalists vs the "free" press. Well narrated but junque.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse 05-13-10
    Jesse 05-13-10
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    "anti Bush anti Christian"

    This was not a history of Blackwater. It is simply a thinly veiled left wing spewing of hatred. I am sure that Blackwater is many things,good and bad. This severely imbalanced book was like a 14 hour MSNBC Keith Olberman tirade against conservatives and Christians.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Spencer 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Liberal Lies"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    zach Marietta, GA, United States 06-09-15
    zach Marietta, GA, United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Seems a bit one sided"

    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

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard DOUSMAN, WI, United States 04-29-13
    Richard DOUSMAN, WI, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author obviously hates private military contractors, Blackwater, Republicans and Christians. A real hit job. I only made it through a couple of chapters.


    What could Jeremy Scahill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. The author obviously has an anti Blackwater agenda.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader sounded condescending and cynical.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Saint Louis, MO, United States 04-24-13
    Michael Saint Louis, MO, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Bowled Over by the Bias - Awful, One-sided Account"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Blackwater turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    hlew Palos Park, IL, United States 03-15-12
    hlew Palos Park, IL, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Hardcore"
    Would you listen to Blackwater again? Why?

    Probably not. Took me a while to get used to the reader


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s performance?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Small but powerful army


    Any additional comments?

    Great information and very eye-opening

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wesp 06-03-09
    J. Wesp 06-03-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Un-listenable"

    The worse piece of c**p set down on tape. Don't waste your credits on this one.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    W. Wade Milwaukee, WI United States 08-04-08
    W. Wade Milwaukee, WI United States 08-04-08 Member Since 2015

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    "Tried but failed"

    This could've been a good book but it's not. I had to force myself to completely listen to book 1. Book 2 was at least bearable. The book should be called "Why I hate Christians"

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful

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