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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Dedicated Patrotic Americans
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.
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.
How the truth can be concealed
I just finished this audio edition and found it very interesting to hear the real side of the Blackwater story. The information is heavily referenced to validate the authenticity. In fact it is bold that Erik Prince mentions that in certain areas he was not allowed to talk about because of a Non-Disclosure agreement, he uses another person's first-hand account (not bound by the NDA) to fill in the missing information. With the recent disgruntlement of the ROE in Afghanistan, and the 2012 Libyan murder of our Ambassador, I wonder how the public would react today versus 2007?
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