Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army is a book written by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, published by Nation Books in. That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. “Blackwater”, unlike P.W. Singer’s “Corporate. Book Review of Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater: the. Rise of the Most Powerful Mercenary Army. (/) and From Mercenaries to Market: the Rise and.

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Both the encirclement of Russia with vassal states of the USA; the construction of a pipeline through terrain weakened by Russia’s influence to soften it, as well as the creation of bases for a potential war against Iran form the motive for its deployment.

Blackwater 1 3 Mar 14, No sooner had the search for the perpetrators started than the rotation of various revolving doors began and swift politicians working in parallel between politics and the security branch jerem Blackwater to work.

Worse yet, Scahill himself admits he didn’t research or write most of this blakcwater, rather one of hlackwater graduate assistants did read the foreward. That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork.

While his chapter on Blackwater’s man jwremy the ground in Chile is interesting, Scahill misses an incredible opportunity to trace ueremy history of US involvement in Central and South America and the teaching of torture at the Academy of the Americas and frankly doesn’t do a good enough job of explicating these mercenary’s ties schill the Pinochet government and why that is problematic.

Scahill has done his best to penetrate the veil of secrecy that surrounds Blackwater and its operations, and has probably done as good a job as anyone could in the circumstances. In particular, the former Latin American death squads and unemployed South African apartheid soldiers enjoyed enormous popularity due to their efficiency and experience and were used in large numbers in Iraq.

Dec 06, Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I can meremy imagine the garbage a book about Blackwater would be if it had been written by a Neo-Con Republican. It owes its existence, he shows, to the post—Cold War drawdown of U. If Boykin had nothing to do with Blackwater, then Scahill’s anti-Boykin’s rants are distracting and utterly pointless.


Formed by Eric Prince and man that feels he is performing his religious duties as a Roman Catholic.

This was frustrating, and this book did not answer my questions, merely emphasizing them. I keep thinking again and again about how Robert Fisk describes the UN forces from poor countries operating in Iraq tend to be a lot more sympathetic and humble to the local population compared to the forces from richer countries. Their lives may be on the line, and they may blackwayer getting great compensation unless they are from South American or Africa, which Scahill addresses in the bookbut in the end, the company doesn’t care about them.

Now pretty much everyone Mr. Lastly, I found myself wishing Scahill was a business reporter – I think there’s a big story in where the money is coming from and where it’s going and I don’t think this is explored well.

Nisour Square massacre Abtan v. It goes in depth with the infamous Fallujah incident where “civilian contractors” actually they were former Special Forces guys working for Blackwater were ambushed, yanked out of the car, burnt alive and their corpses were hung from a Fallujah bridge.

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This book does have a big left wing bias but I actually think only a leftist would write a realistic book on Blackwater. Scahill is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow a Jeremy Scahill is an American investigative journalist and author whose work focuses on the use of private military companies.

Seemed to run out of steam toward the end when it shifted from recounting of major events neremy personnel profiles.

This further blows out when the contractor employs sub-contractors on a similar basis. I picked up this book hoping it would provide some good basic information about Blackwater, with the understanding from the dust jacket that it likely would reach certain ultimate conclusions I might not agree with. The fact that the concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people leads to worrying developments is an old known fact, the description of which almost bursts the history books.

Though he is no longer with the company and the company has changed names from Blackwater to Xe to Academi, he cannot be accused of sitting on the wealth he was given.


Covers Missing – Blackwater. Although not as disturbing as The Shock Doctrine even when they cover the same territory this is still a confronting read. He describes further how Blackwater at the time of writing serves in Iraq and Afghanistan like, in his judgement, a Praetorian Guardprotecting top authority figures and enjoying immunity from the usual constraints and regulations on traditional armies.

Now let me list the way he follow the religion he claims to strongly uphold. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. In college, I once wrote a short story called Battle Corp.

S11 Ep40 52m 56s checkmark Add to Blackwzter. Academi books Current affairs jerfmy Military books Books about companies. In fact recruiting rates have dropped off substantially over the years, so some form of stop gap is actually required.

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Screening personnel, assuring adherence to contracts, auditing expenses those are all legitimate issues, and Scahill rightly points out abuses and failings. In an interview with PBS on frontline a spokesperson of KBR repeatedly dodged the question about the cost of the operation.

Naturally, no proof is required and the US government hides the figures so no one can check — a clear indication that there is something worth hiding. It is one thing to have a strong opinion, but quite another to let that jeremh idea cloud your judgment and from his style, I am r I’d quite like to like this book.

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However, there are problems when it comes to that. Clearly corporations with a large presence in a foreign country will have a decidedly different view of US hegemony and imperialism than Washington.