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

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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
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Author Jeremy Scahill
Country United States
Language English
Series Politics
Publisher Nation Books
Publication date
February 15, 2007
Media type Print
Pages 464
ISBN 1-56025-979-5
OCLC 84897494
355.3/540973 22
LC Class DS79.76 .S322 2007

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is a book written by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, published by Nation Books in 2007, as a history and analysis of Blackwater USA, now called Academi. It won a George Polk Book Award.[1]

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The book details the rise of Blackwater USA, a private military company, and the growth of security contracting in the Iraq War and the War on Terrorism. In the book, Scahill contends that Blackwater exists as a mercenary force, and argues that Blackwater's rise is a consequence of the demobilisation of the US military following the Cold War and its overextension in Iraq and Afghanistan. He describes further how Blackwater (at the time of writing) serves in Iraq and Afghanistan like, in his judgement, a Praetorian Guard, protecting top authority figures and enjoying immunity from the usual constraints and regulations on traditional armies. Scahill argues that Blackwater's leadership was motivated by a right-wing Republican ideology, and that its founder, Erik Prince, has provided significant assistance in that venue. Blackwater is also present in some parts of Pakistan.

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