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on 18 May 2015
biased reporting i dont mind but this got on my nerves a bit.
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on 3 August 2008
I had looked forward to reading a book about Blackwater. Instead I read a an exceedingly polemic book, mostly about Iraq and the incompetence of the US Army and Bush Administration. There are good books to read on that topic, but generally they don't pretend to writing about the world's largest private security operator.

As with most books, they contain good and bad passages, which is certainly true of Blackwater. The passages describing the appalling murders of the Blackwater contractors in Fallujah and the subsequent military action in Al Najaf are well written. The subsequent failings of Blackwater management raise some real issues about the operations of the company, but the political issues of their involvement are not dealt with at all and I found myself almost frustrated at the lack of follow through.

Unfortunately there are more bad passages than good ones in the book. Some of the source material is at best dubious. YouTube clips showing videos of random killings by security contractors in Iraq are attributed to one specific security company. On YouTube, the same clip is is present, pretending to be from numerous different security companies. Scahill undertakes no critical evaluation of his sources and in fact doesn't even bother to mention the potential duplicity of his source material.

I also found the author's blind politicizing tasteless. Scahill is so entrenched in his ubiquitous hatred of the George W Bush Administration that he spends much time performing in depth character assassinations of of most people, who have had any association with it (Ambassador J Cofer Black and Joseph E Schmitz do not get off lightly). This completely clouds his judgement and the book leaves you with a taste of having read a childish rant rather than an insightful journalistic analysis.

I for one would have welcomed a good and sober analysis of Blackwater and the private security industry as a whole. There are enormous political issues at stake in terms of whether they provide value for money, how they are regulated (or lack of), their political oversight (or lack of), their liability (and certainly lack of)...the list is long. This book makes no attempt to either ask, analyze or answer any of those questions. So, if you are looking for a serious book about Blackwater, I wouldn't waste my money. If you are looking for an anti Bush fulmination, then by all means "add to basket!"
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on 18 June 2015
A fascinating look into the commercialisation of war.
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on 14 February 2015
another the yanks balls everything up that they touch
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on 23 April 2016
Disappointingly poor research and badly written, not what I was expecting
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on 9 July 2015
Good item very informative,very good condition.
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on 30 August 2013
This is a fantastic read for anyone who is interested in truth and learning about the extent to which governments have gone through and still go through in order to impose their ideologies, which often violate the principles which they claim to be fighting for.
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on 6 August 2014
Superb books, great to read.
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on 2 October 2015
A book everyone should read
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on 16 January 2013
Gives you an insight as to just who is in charge when it comes to world conflicts, mainly the arms industry!
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