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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846688507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846688508
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dirty Wars is the most thorough and authoritative history I've read yet of the causes and consequences of America's post 9/11 conflation of war and national security. I know of no other journalist who could have written it: For over a decade, Scahill has visited the war zones, overt and covert; interviewed the soldiers, spooks, jihadists, and victims; and seen with his own eyes the fruits of America's bipartisan war fever. He risked his life many times over to write this book, and the result is a masterpiece of insight, journalism, and true patriotism (Barry Eisler, novelist and former operative in the CIA’s Directorate of Operation)

A fearless whistle-blower (David Courier, Sundance Film Festival)

There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name (Glenn Greenwald, New York Times best-selling author and Guardian columnist)

Dirty Wars is not politically correct. It is not a history of the last decade as seen from inside the White House, or from the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post. Scahill's book takes us inside Dick Cheney's famed 'dark side' and tells us, with convincing detail and much new information, what has been done in the name of America since 9/11 (Seymour Hersh)

A campaigning voice like Scahill's is indispensable (Mattathias Schwartz London Review of Books 2013-07-04)

A towering new investigation into the secret anatomy of the so-called war on terror ... Scahill has written what could prove to be he defining account of the 21st century's slide into high-tech, legally leveraged savagery (Ed O'Loughlin Irish Times 2013-06-29)

A great read ... asks vital questions about the scope and parameters of America's use of force (Literary Review)

Arguably the most comprehensive examination of post-September 11, 2001 "war on terror" policies.... The power of Scahill's work is making the reader question the legality and morality of American policy (Sydney Morning Herald 2013-08-31)

Scahill produces a masterwork of investigative journalism that offers a bleak, chilling vision of our militarized future (Top Ten Books of 2013 Publisher's Weekly)

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Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Jeremy Scahill's latest expose: the USA's secret foreign policy and its covert operations in the 'War on Terror', from the author of Blackwater.

Dirty Wars the film, which won the Cinematography Award at the Sundance film festival, was released in cinemas in November 2013 - now nominated for an Oscar in the best documentary feature category

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Journalist, Jeremy Scahill, author of the best selling expose of leading mercenary corporation Blackwater, has in his sights a somewhat larger prey in "Dirty Wars": namely the series of Covert Wars the United States has run in parallel with its more overt ones in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.

The book begins by looking at precedents and experiences of U.S. covert operations and wars in the post-Vietnam War era, particular regard is giving to the Reagan administrations attempts to subvert the restrictions congress placed on its ability to act covertly in Central America, during which not a few of the figures in the Bush II administration (eg. John Negroponte) gained experience that would be put to chilling effect in years to come (see Greg Grandin's Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism for a detailed look at the continuity between Reagan's Central/Latin American warriors and the Bush II years).
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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, who also wrote the excellent book Blackwater: the rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army, has produced a brilliant survey of the USA's current covert wars. Donald Rumsfeld said, "the entire world is the `battlespace'." This has become a global kill campaign.

The US government uses covert action, black operations, snatch squads, and an assassination programme. US personnel break international treaties and conventions and violate other nations' sovereignty and laws. Yet US law requires the US military to respect international law, the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions.

Scahill points out that jihads in Chechnya, Afghanistan and Bosnia in the 1990s served US aims. 2002 saw the USA's first lethal drone attack, in Yemen. In Somalia, the US bought, armed (despite the UN arms embargo) and ran warlords, in a war just like the US-Contra dirty war in Nicaragua. The result? Militant Islamist forces grew stronger.

From 2004 on, the US built up Shiite death squads in Iraq. In December 2006, the USA backed, fuelled and funded Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia. The Ethiopian occupation killed 6,000 civilians. 335,000 fled Somalia. In 2007 Yemeni military found a crashed US spy drone; the Yemeni government said it was an Iranian `spy plane'. In December 2009, a US attack on Malajah in Yemen killed 41 people, including 14 women and 21 children.

Scahill observes, "political and economic forces were drawing up plans for a neoliberal restructuring of Yemen's economy. Organized under the banner of `Friends of Yemen', the US and British governments joined with the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and some of Yemen's neighbours. ...
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Excellent read, really great book. I loved reading this it opened up my thinking and understanding of international affairs.
I highly recommend. 5 Stars

A long read that you can pick up and put down. Thank goodness for investigative journalism. We tend to accept the news as it is spoon fed to us. Always challenge the dominant paradigm and question further. This book puts meat onto the bones of a conflict that should be grasped beyond the headlines.
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Scahill's Dirty Wars will stand alongside Philip Agee's CIA Diary Inside the Company: CIA Diary for the harsh light it shines on US official hypocrisy. Historically it should prove to be a test of where every public figure's moral compass stands today - and on which side they may stand in the changing battles for a future which looks set to get increasingly nasty, before we see any new light. With no disrespect to Agee - Scahill's writing is a pleasure to read - even when covering such terrible material.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2013
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In Jeremy Scahill's new book a Somalia WarLord financed by the US to interrogate and kill suspected terrorists considered America, a War Master, a great educator in the art of War and killing. Not what we had in mind for the US's PR, is it?

"Dirty Wars" is Jeremy Scahill's book and film that investigates American strikes that killed civilians with no ties to terrorist groups, beginning with a raid in Afghanistan, that killed several members of a family. An Afghan police chief, taught and financed in the ways of War by the US and three women, two of whom were pregnant, were among the dead. This one series of killings by bearded men from the US, flown in at night and striking wherever they want, leads to many more such strikes. They are all denied and kept secret until a BBC journalist provides evidence. What we learn is that these killings of innocents that are adding up to the thousands , may be radicalizing Muslims. The American cleric-turned-Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by drones in September 2011, was put on the kill list. No capture nor charges, nor judge or jury, only assassination. Mr. Scahill said. "We are making more new enemies than we are killing actual terrorists."

We have long heard of secret, covert groups of military who answer only to the President, who kill and assassinate, capture and torture, but now we are doing this with our own Americans. The secret group is called JSOC, Joint Special Operations Command. JSOC's mission, is identifying and destroying terrorists and terror cells worldwide. Personnel are often exchanged between JSOC and CIA. By the early 1980s, CIA and military veterans were running counter-insurgency and counter-terror ops worldwide. General Paul Gorman, who commanded U.S.
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