Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Front Cover
PublicAffairs, May 27, 2008 - History - 560 pages
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
9
4 stars
11
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - MiaCulpa - www.librarything.com

Covers the rise of mercenaries, exemplified by Blackwater, who are receiving very large amounts of money to keep the peace in hotspots around the world. Of course, while Blackwater's owner and senior ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - addunn3 - www.librarything.com

A comprehensive and a bit shocking overview of Blackwater and the privatization of our military capabilities.the US is using a private army in the Middle East that has been built by Christian evangelicals - radicals... Read full review

Contents

1 THE FACE OF BLACKWATER
1
INTRODUCTION 3 BAGHDADS BLOODY SUNDAY
3
CHAPTER ONE 49 MAKING A KILLING
49
CHAPTER TWO 65 THE LITTLE PRINCE
65
CHAPTER THREE 89 BLACKWATER BEGINS
89
CHAPTER FOUR 113 FALLUJAH BEFORE BLACKWATER
113
CHAPTER FIVE 125 GUARDING BUSHS MAN IN BAGHDAD
125
CHAPTER SIX 145 SCOTTY GOES TO WAR
145
CHAPTER THIRTEEN 245 BLACKWATERS MAN IN CHILE
245
CHAPTER FOURTEEN 275 THE WHORES OF WAR
275
CHAPTER FIFTEEN 305 THE CRASH OF BLACKWATER 61
305
THE GLOVES COME OFF
329
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN 349 DEATH SQUADS MERCENARIES AND THE SALVADOR OPTION
349
CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
365
BAGHDAD ON THE BAYOU
389
CHAPTER TWENTY 409 THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
409

CHAPTER SEVEN 155 THE AMBUSH
155
CHAPTER EIGHT 169 WE WILL PACIFY FALLUJAH
169
40404
181
CHAPTER TEN 197 THIS IS FOR THE AMERICANS OF BLACKWATER
197
CHAPTER ELEVEN 209 MR PRINCE GOES TO WASHINGTON
209
CHAPTER TWELVE 231 CASPIAN PIPELINE DREAMS
231
EPILOGUE 447 BLACKWATER BEYOND BUSH
447
465 Acknowledgments
465
469 Notes
469
535 Index
535
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice. While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Traveling around the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina, Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS’s The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide. Scahill also serves as an election correspondent for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bibliographic information