Halliburton's Army by Pratap Chatterjee
How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War

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Halliburton’s Army is the first book to show, in shocking detail, how Halliburton really does business, in Iraq, and around the world. From its vital role as the logistical backbone of the U.S. occupation in Iraq—without Halliburton there could be no war or occupation—to its role in covering up gang-rape amongst its personnel in Baghdad, Halliburton’s Army is a devastating bestiary of corporate malfeasance and political cronyism.

Pratap Chatterjee—one of the world’s leading authorities on corporate crime, fraud, and corruption—shows how Halliburton won and then lost its contracts in Iraq, what Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld did for it, and who the company paid off in the U.S. Congress. He brings us inside the Pentagon meetings, where Cheney and Rumsfeld made the decision to send Halliburton to Iraq—as well as many other hot-spots, including Somalia, Yugoslavia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and, most recently, New Orleans. He travels to Dubai, where Halliburton has recently moved its headquarters, and exposes the company’s freewheeling ways: executives leading the high life, bribes, graft, skimming, offshore subsidiaries, and the whole arsenal of fraud. Finally, Chatterjee reveals the human costs of the privatization of American military affairs, which is sustained almost entirely by low-paid unskilled Third World workers who work in incredibly dangerous conditions without any labor protection.

Halliburton’s Army is a hair-raising exposé of one of the world’s most lethal corporations, essential reading for anyone concerned about the nexus of private companies, government, and war.

 

About Pratap Chatterjee

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Pratap Chatterjee is an investigative environmental writer with more than 17 years of journalistic experience. He is vice-chair of the board of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, an Environmental Commissioner for the City of Berkeley and a community advisor to KQED in San Francisco. He served as Global Environmental Editor for Inter Press Service for three years.
 
Published January 21, 2009 by Nation Books. 306 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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A sordid tale of politics and profiteering, courtesy of the Bush administration and a compliant military.

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Huffington Post

(I own a single share of Halliburton stock.) When I asked Lesar about the company's links to KBR, he responded unequivocally, "First of all, let's be very clear, KBR and Halliburton are legally separated."Just three months ago, however, Halliburton didn't hesitate to pay off $382 million in fine...

Jun 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Halliburton's Army: How a Wel...

Salon

In addition to images of the “al-Qaeda” operatives who the White House wants us to believe are the sole targets of its drone campaigns, we would regularly see photos of innocent victims of drone attacks gathered by human rights groups from their relatives and neighbors.

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OpEdNews

Many lawsuits have been taken or are in progress against Halliburton and while costly in terms of what the average person thinks of as large sums of money, they appear to be taken in stride by Halliburton as another part of business.

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