Civilian Warriors

  • by Erik Prince
  • Narrated by Jeff Gurner
  • 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The founder of Blackwater offers the gripping, previously untold story of the world's most controversial military contractor.
Blackwater is one of the most misunderstood companies of our time. As Erik Prince, its founder and former CEO, writes: "Hundreds of American citizens employed by private military contractors, or PMCs, would lose their lives helping our government wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to have their memory tarnished by the unfair and/or ignorant depiction of PMCs as profiteers, jackbooted thugs, or worse."
Because of the secrecy requirements of Blackwater's contracts with the Pentagon, the State Department, and the CIA, Prince was unable to speak out when his company's opponents spread false information. But now he's free to tell the often shocking story of Blackwater's rise and fall.
Blackwater hired Special Forces veterans and others with the skills and courage to take on the riskiest security jobs in the world. As its reputation grew, demand for its services escalated. Its men eventually completed nearly 100,000 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prince's narrative includes newly revealed details about many controversial events. It debunks myths that have been spread by TV shows and movies. It honors our armed forces while challenging the Pentagon's top leadership. Above all, it will make people rethink exactly who the "good guys" and "bad guys" have been since 9/11.

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The inside story

“Civilian Warriors” is a spirited defense by Eric Prince of his company and himself. But do not let that turn you off from reading this most interesting and exciting story with lots of information for entrepreneurs on how to start and grow a company on a shoestring is a person sees a marketing niche. Prince tells about his early life in Michigan and his time at Annapolis and his time in the Navy SEALs. He also provides the history of the American military use of civilian warriors from the time of General George Washington to the current time. I found this discourse most interesting. Prince goes on to describe how and why he started Blackwater to have a complete and diverse training facility all in one location to train Military, law enforcement, and civilian guards and bodyguards. Prince goes on to explain how he was contacted by DOD and the State Department to provide protection for American Diplomats and military bases. Prince also notes that Blackwater never lost a person they protected. The second half of the book goes into the backlash from Congress about the hiring of civilian contractors that were beginning to match one for one the number of military personnel in the war zones. Prince does admit to making mistakes but also goes on to show how he and his company were scapegoats for providing to the government the services they could not supply themselves. The book is well worth the read and is written in an informative and exciting way. Jeff Garner did an excellent job narrating the book.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

A different look a Security Contractors

If you could sum up Civilian Warriors in three words, what would they be?

Dedicated Patrotic Americans


What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

Good narrator! I had to check several times to make sure Prince himself was not reading this book. Gurner gave a great performance and took ownership of Prince's voice.


Any additional comments?

I have done 3 tours in Afghanistan and worked with all kinds of civilian contractors. I had an opinion of them ( I am not going to tell you if it was good or bad). After reading this book it gave me a good view of the otherside of the coin. In his book, Prince gave several accounts that one could piece together with a little research and learn all about the facts of the situation. I believe the men and women of Blackwater/Xe/Academi were one of the main reasons we as Americans had as few of casulaties in Iraq as we did (compairing it to other wars). Whether you support the use of civilians as security personnel in combat situations or not this is a good book to read if you can keep an open mind. Once piece of advice if you are going to read this book. There are not always black and while rules in war....as much as I wish there were. Eventually there are times when things turn gray; and that is where the hard decisions are made.

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- Ryan "Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio