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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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    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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    larry LAKE CITY, FL, United States 05-19-10
    larry LAKE CITY, FL, United States 05-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "BLACKWATER SANS OBJECTIVITY"

    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.

    2 of 9 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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    Kevin Price Cleveland79 01-28-17
    Kevin Price Cleveland79 01-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The author obviously never served his country"

    This guy has no clue what he's talking about. Where he gets his facts are beyond me. It's a lot of propaganda and reflects poorly what we ( speaking as a three time Iraq vet.) did over there. I had to stop listening about three hours in I just could take the BS any more.

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    Sean 08-13-16
    Sean 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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    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

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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 06-20-13
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 06-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very poorly writen"

    Rather then give a history, Scahill spends most of his time trying to bash the Right and make it look like they are behind everything.

    It could have been a good book, if the facts where just presented.

    The audio quality is poor, and ad in Weiner's poor reading, and you've got a loser of a 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.<br/>


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader sounded condescending and cynical.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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