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

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-26
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad's Nisour Square leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled "Baghdad's Bloody Sunday," was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the "War on Terror." In his gripping bestseller, awardwinning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.* Winner of the George Polk Book Award * Alternet Best Book of the Year * Barnes & Noble one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2007 * Amazon one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2007

Author Biography

Jeremy Scahill is a Polk Award-winning investigative journalist. He is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio show Democracy Now! Scahill has reported extensively from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, and Nigeria. He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
The Face of Blackwaterp. 1
Introduction: Baghdad's Bloody Sundayp. 3
Making a Killingp. 49
The Little Princep. 65
Blackwater Beginsp. 89
Fallujah Before Blackwaterp. 113
Guarding Bush's Man in Baghdadp. 125
Scotty Goes to Warp. 145
The Ambushp. 155
"We Will Pacify Fallujah"p. 169
Najaf, Iraq: 4.04.04p. 181
"This is for the Americans of Blackwater"p. 197
Mr. Prince Goes to Washingtonp. 209
Caspian Pipeline Dreamsp. 231
Blackwater's Man in Chilep. 245
"The Whores of War"p. 275
The Crash of Blackwater 61p. 305
Cofer Black: The Gloves Come Offp. 329
Death Squads, Mercenaries, and the "Salvador Option"p. 349
Joseph Schmitz: Christian Soldierp. 365
Blackwater Down: Baghdad on the Bayoup. 389
"The Knights of the Round Table"p. 409
Epilogue: Blackwater Beyond Bushp. 447
Acknowledgmentsp. 465
Notesp. 469
Indexp. 535
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