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The beginning chapters brings the reader up to speed with a fast and loose history of the hired fighter, and gives excellent context to the subject in the modern day. The narration was outstanding, and the source material was adequate. However, the claims to impartiality leave a lot to be desired in the ending chapters, take this book with a hefty grain of salt. I would still recommend this to interested readers.
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This book contains a history of private military corporations, not a history of the individuals in them. It is a very well written book that reads like an essay, and it has been very influential and can be interesting to a certain portion of the population.
A fascinating book which examines the history of mercenaries in history and the proliferation of privates military companies dusting the 90s. Singer also investigates other agencies involved in the business of war, from logistics agencies to private intelligence and strategy companies. Singer examines successes and failures of corporate warriors, the lack of oversight, and the ambiguous moral status of the profession. One of the most interesting reads of recent memory, highly recommend to anyone interested in politics and conflicts. The post Iraq post script is also excellent.