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Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror #2020

Civilian Warriors The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror Founder and former president of Blackwater the private contractor that provided security in Iraq and Afghanistan defends himself from the many accusations that his organization was trigger happy and

  • Title: Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror
  • Author: Erik Prince
  • ISBN: 9781591847
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror By Erik Prince, Founder and former president of Blackwater, the private contractor that provided security in Iraq and Afghanistan defends himself from the many accusations that his organization was trigger happy and bilked the American taxpayer.

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    1. Everybody knows Blackwater was the private security contractor that provided bodyguards in Iraq and Afghanistan and was regularly accused of shooting innocent civilians, vastly overpaying its employees, and wasting the taxpayer s money.It turns out its founder and former president he sold the company in 2010 was forbidden by his contract from talking to the media, but now he wants to set the record straight His ghost writer should have urged Prince to tone down the hard right, liberal bashing rh [...]

    2. There are a couple of books I ve read lately which I m going to give the same advice about Simply stated, just attempt to read it with an open mind.You know if for instance a congress person takes the experience they ve gained and say maybegoes to work for a private company, no one is surprised I mean where do you think lobbyists come from The same goes for most any government job People from public jobs go to work for private companies all the time.But if a military person does it they suddenly [...]

    3. 1 In this book, Erik Prince, the Founder and ex CEO Chairman of the infamous private military contractor, Blackwater, puts forth a vehement defense of his company Blackwater rose to prominence during the US invasion of Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein With rising visibility and a commanding share of contracted government work under the subsequent drawn out occupation, it quickly became a target of the media and political forces both in Iraq and at home in the US, made worse by a few incidences wher [...]

    4. Excellent expose of the inner workings of our government, the silliness of partisan politics and a man with an entrepreneurial drive and a heart to do things right.

    5. You can t reasonably expect a book about Blackwater written by the founder and former CEO of Blackwater to be unbiased Even so, Civilian Warriors is light on facts and high on emotion Prince spends most of the book talking about his Christian and conservative background, and how that influenced his decision to form Blackwater to help his country and all the oppressed people of the world He spends time blaming Democrats for starting a witch hunt against him, simply because he s a successful busin [...]

    6. I was surprised by the content of the book I expected personal stories of the men who served our country working for Blackwater The major theme of the book was it seemed, a defense of Mr Prince and his company for what they did and how they did it There was at first, some detail of Mr Prince growing up, his father s accomplishments and work principles, who was clearly his hero, and less of his mother, his heroine.I could understand why the book seemed to try to justify the company and Mr Prince [...]

    7. sniff my rating doesn t reflect my opinion of blackwater, rather the readibility of the work, which is high ummm how does that onion article go uhh, sadly, it is unknown whether this rating will induce feelings of anger and or triggers ahh whatever read able that s it.

    8. I got through this book very quickly It has a great balance of history of Blackwater, some intense scenes about their operations, and a memoir of Erik Prince the founder.The book and Blackwater s story can be best summarized as the most perfect public media based annihilation of a company I ve ever read about The media utterly destroyed Blackwater for their operations in Iraq and as Erik points out, most of the time they were severely misinformed Not only about what Blackwater was doing in Iraq [...]

    9. We know that war is a nasty thing where two states and their troops fight against each other, causing extensive damage to themselves and the countryside in which they fight In spite of this, the fighting man is the cornerstone of patriotism and sense of duty to one s country that it might be difficult for some to digest the idea that in the last few decades, the private sector has borne a major share of the military effort, if not actual fighting, from the military s shoulders They have their ad [...]

    10. There are a couple of books I ve read lately which I m going to give the same advice about Simply stated, just attempt to read it with an open mind.You know if for instance a congress person takes the experience they ve gained and say maybegoes to work for a private company, no one is surprised I mean where do you think lobbyists come from The same goes for most any government job People from public jobs go to work for private companies all the time.But if a military person does it they suddenly [...]

    11. The book is well written, and very well edited Basically, it is as much a personal autobiography of Mr Prince as it is the story of the Blackwater private security firm he founded and built Mr Prince is a self described religious conservative, and the views related in the book reflect his biases and perspectives On the whole, however, the facts related in the book seem reasonable and believable to anybody with even the most rudimentary understanding of American politics It is unfortunate that gr [...]

    12. After reading so much of what the critics have to say, it was quite interesting to hear Mr Prince s side of thing The book is well written, and pulls no punches More than that, it offers a much needed sense of perspective regarding the current use of PMC s, and how they will be integrated into future conflicts The audio version features a forward Read by Prince himself The narration and production quality are top notch throughout the book with no weird pauses or editing gaffs I highly recommend [...]

    13. Although some of the time the explanations of governmental procedure were hard to understand, overall the book was quite interesting The beginning of Blackwater and the early years of Erik Prince s father were intriguing After reading the book, I feel much better informed about contractors with our government and happenings such as the Cole attack, 9 11 or other terrorist activities.

    14. A first hand account of the rise and fall of Blackwater This gives a new and human dimension to the puzzle Admittedly, most of the material I read before this was an indictment of the company This work sets aside a lot of misconceptions A good read.

    15. In the 21st century, the line between public and private warfare has gotten a bit fuzzy I realized this most fully when reading a few cybersecurity books early in the year, mulling over how natural security was imperiled by cyber attacks on private firms or networks, but this fuzziness is also expressed via the world of private military contractors Flash back seven or so years ago, when my rage at the debacle in Iraq was white hot, I would have never read a book about Blackwater, let alone a def [...]

    16. Blackwater the name evokes evil in the context of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan It is associated with war for profit, and mercenaries, the antithesis of American patriotism In Civilian Warriors, Eric Prince, the founder of Blackwater, challenges these perceptions about his company In doing so, he restores some balance to the debate over public versus private security in war zones and provides a compelling case that Blackwater s growth and success resulted from the nexus of critical unmet Depa [...]

    17. This book is outstanding If you are prior or current military in any capacity, you will hardly be able to put it down, but nothing will surprise you If you are not, you maybe surprised Some jobs don t seem worth it in the long run they destroy families, businesses, careers, reputations, planned retirement, and the individuals attempting to complete their work safely and well Just as being a police officer puts you and your family at risk of losing everything if you make one mistake, so does cont [...]

    18. This is the inspiring story of a Navy seal turned entrepreneur Erik Prince who manages to form an amazingly well run company that takes on government security contracts worldwide Prince s biography makes it clear that a free market approach to solving problems is incredibly efficient and effective What got created under monolithic government control was dramatically inferior to what came from a free market company whose very survival was pinned to the quality of its workwe turned Blackwater into [...]

    19. I found this book really interesting, as it gave me much knowledge about Blackwater company, and the way the government uses commercial companies as well It was all well documented The only flaw I found is the book shows Blackwater as a purely clean company, that was made into being a scapegoat I find such a polarized opinion it highly subjective and this makes this book less trustworthy for me Nevertheless, it is still the great source of information.

    20. Absolutely fascinating read, and one not inaccessible to those who know little to nothing about the industry Would recommend to those interested in learning , both from this book and from using it as a stepping stone to others.

    21. I liked it for the review of Blackwater events particularly with regard to media reports after the Nisour Square incident It is heavily slanted in Erik Prince s perspective and that comes through from the beginning.

    22. Very interesting I remember hearing about the black water folks but I guess it was all negative and this gives their side of the story He says he followed directions from the state department and was darn good at the job.

    23. Kind of interesting, but of a one sided justification of Mr Princes actions and behaviors regarding his companies involvements in a lot of PMC work Interesting to read of his backstory and foundations, though.

    24. Good read Good read for anyone looking for the other half of the story.Sometimes the U.S Government can t get out of its own way

    25. One of the best books I ve read in War genre This book introduces you to the lesser known world of Private Military Contractors PMC , specifically the role of Blackwater, during the war in Afghanistan and Iraq More often than not misunderstood as mercenaries, these Civilian Warriors had supported the American troops from delivering mail to protecting US personnel in the hostile grounds, including clandestine services to CIA Once considered the most powerful PMC in their heydays and then later be [...]

    26. There is something very Homeric about the life of Erik Prince He is a contemporary hero, not in the sense of someone who has achieved something extraordinary it could be argued that he has, that s a matter of perspective but in the sense of someone a little above mortal, absolutely bursting with and plagued by the Fates.The story doesn t quite seem real After a bizarre episode involving him rescuing women from an exploded boat as a child and a brief overview of his father s work, Prince becomes [...]

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