Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill
The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

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On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the “War on Terror.” In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.
 

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Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Democracy Now! He has also appeared on Fresh Air, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill's work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism's highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, which won the cinematography prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
 
Published May 27, 2008 by Nation Books. 560 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Scahill's liberal horror story is about the company that has deployed many of the “private contractors” who have assisted the U.S. military in Iraq and been responsible for more th

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Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation , offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and security firm.

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Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop On September 16 2007, private forces working for the secretive mercenar...

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Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation , offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and security firm.

Feb 26 2007 | Read Full Review of Blackwater: The Rise of the W...

Daily Kos

Blackwater protects the top US officials in Iraq and yet we know almost nothing about the firm's quasi-military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the U.S. Blackwater was founded by an extreme right-wing fundamentalist Christian mega-millionaire ex-Navy Seal named Erik Prince, the scion o...

Jan 11 2008 | Read Full Review of Blackwater: The Rise of the W...

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He knew - and pointed out - that mercenaries are interested only in the fiscal side of the business and usually run away when their lives are truly at risk.

Mar 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Blackwater: The Rise of the W...

The Nation

As a result, they have developed a faith-based system of secrecy in which the deepest mysteries have, until recently, been held by the smallest numbers of believers, in which problems are adjudicated in a “court” system so secret that favored only arguments by the national security state can be p...

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