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

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

Very interesting. The author writes for the Nation so you should know going in that he's extremely anti-Bush (which is fine with me :-)) and a bit self-justified. That said, ignoring the book's slant, it's an extremely well-organized and well-written book about Blackwater and, tangentially, the business of 'security' in Iraq. Fascinating to read about the privatization of war and the implications thereof, scary to think that basically an uberChristian has his own *legal* ARMY in my country.

I strongly recommend this book to everyone. I gave it three stars only because of the slant which I found to be a bit irritating. That said, the facts of the war, how it's being run, our government, Iraq government, etc. are fascinating and important in this day and age. It would behoove all to get this info.

3 stars out of 5.
Tags: author: s, non-fiction
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