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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.
©2013 Erik Prince (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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By Ryan on 01-20-14

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.

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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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By philippe jacob on 07-01-17

Fascinating but beware!

This is really not a book but an infomercial, but in any case it is an edifying and remarkable story about some extremely violent business without the trace of any cause, except for business itself.
Erik Prince provides mercenaries as government subcontractors, some type of uberized warriors, or like some prostitutes to be disposed off after they get a little too old or can't do their usual push-ups any longer. He sees nothing wrong with it because of the bureaucratic nature of the regular military: if you "privatize" everything works fine! as history has proven repeatedly completely wrong, but as the media (owned by the wealthy) is relentlessly telling us the opposite.
Taking advantage of former and weathered soldiers from the government, he offers them a generous amount of money to be involved in a war zone. If they get maimed, too bad, and if they are lucky they might be eligible for Medicaid, that Prince as a hard line Republican wants to eradicate anyway.
The funny part is that he denounces the other companies involved in the same business but not as "good" as his. Maybe he should try providing something else with some human face and soul.

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By Jennifer Berry on 01-29-16

Truthfully

I had the pleasure of knowing quite a few Blackwater and Triple C guys in Iraq. Always professional always on top of their game

It was great to hear the behind the scenes story, I must applaud the honesty in the telling of this story, not just professional but private life too. That took bravery. Well done. Blackwater will I'm sure, be missed

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By Tim Carr on 01-15-18

Really good

Gives a really good insight into the workings of private military. I have a new outlook on the stereotype now. Well worth a listen

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By greg on 10-15-17

Good to hear from the otherside for once.

Eric's story is great to listen too and a good insight into the world of PMC's

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By Luke on 12-29-16

Insight into the Iraq War

This book really opened my eyes to what was going on in the war, and gave some good context to what is happening in the region today. It was a big mess, the whole affair, and it helps to shed light on what made it a mess, how and why.
Albeit the vein the book is written in is from the contracting profession, which is both limiting in some aspects and throws the curtains wide in others.
It should also be noted the authors political leanings and attitudes, especially toward business, show he just wanted to do the best job at the cheapest rate in order to provide excellent service. All of these entrepreneurial qualities are what make countries and businessmen a big pillar in any society. It's unfortunate his customers were a government body, who in the end only used him and his company as political capital to shield themselves from public outcry.
All in all it's a fascinating read and serves as an excellent warning about war, politics, business and the nature of governments.

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