Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of theWar on Terror [NOOK Book]

Overview

Forget everything you think you know about Blackwater. And get ready for a thrilling, true story that will make you rethink who the good guys and bad guys have been since 9/11.




No company in our time has been as mysterious or as controversial as Blackwater. Founded by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince in 1997, it recruited special forces ...
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Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of theWar on Terror

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Overview

Forget everything you think you know about Blackwater. And get ready for a thrilling, true story that will make you rethink who the good guys and bad guys have been since 9/11.




No company in our time has been as mysterious or as controversial as Blackwater. Founded by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince in 1997, it recruited special forces veterans and others with the skills and courage to take on the riskiest security jobs in the world. As its reputation grew, government demand for its services escalated, and Blackwater’s men eventually completed nearly one hundred thousand missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both the Bush and Obama administrations found the company indispensible.




It sounds like a classic startup success story, except for one problem: Blackwater has been demonized around the world. From uninformed news coverage to grossly distorted fictional portrayals, Blackwater employees have been smeared as mercenaries, profiteers, jackbooted thugs, and 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 able to tell the full and often shocking story of Blackwater’s rise and fall.




In Civilian Warriors, Prince pulls no punches and spares no details. He explains his original goal of building an elite center for military and law enforcement training. He recounts how the company shifted gears after 9/11. He honors our troops while challenging the Pentagon’s top leadership. And he reveals why highly efficient private military contractors have been essential to running our armed forces, since long before Blackwater came along.




Above all, Prince debunks myths about Blackwater that spread while he was forced to remain silent—myths that tarnished the memory of men who gave their lives for their country but never got the recognition they deserved. He reveals new information about some of the biggest controversies of the War on Terror, including:




• The true story of the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad.


• The actual details of Blackwater’s so-called impunity in Iraq.


• The events leading up to the televised deaths of Blackwater contractors in Fallujah.




Prince doesn’t pretend to be perfect, and he doesn’t hide the sometimes painful details of his private life. But he has done a great public service by setting the record straight. His book reads like a thriller but is too improbable to be fiction.




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With this book, Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of Blackwater, offers both a spirited defense of Private Military Contractors and a heartfelt tribute to the hundreds of PMCs who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now freed of contractual government restrictions, he also counters numerous false charges that have been made against Blackwater and other PMCs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698154001
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/18/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 29,198
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author


Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, founded Blackwater in 1997. He served as its CEO until 2009 and its Chairman until 2010, when the company was sold. A native of Michigan, he now lives in Abu Dhabi, where he pursues a variety of business ventures. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Erik Prince tells his version of the story of his company (Black

    Erik Prince tells his version of the story of his company (Blackwater). No one should expect an unbiased account, and you don't get one. He starts off with a biography of his father, who was a real inspiration for Prince's military and business success. From there he writes about his time as a Navy SEAL and the things he learned there. Like most former government employees with some business acumen, he figures out how he can make money by coming back as a contractor. The first efforts of Blackwater are training military personnel in areas that will really help them on and off the battlefield. It's when his firm goes into the security business in war zones that the wheels come off. He blames a lot of it on the government, particularly the State Department, but it really comes back to his firm trying to make some big bucks that puts them in situations of conflict where there are no good outcomes.

    If you want to look at this work as a good adventure story, that like the movies "is inspired by true events", then you'll be okay. Just don't take it as the only account of Blackwater that you need to read.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Must read

    Usually have a hard time starting to read a book that has to chronicle the life of the author from childhood to current time. This was a different read. His early family life carried over to his caring for employees, unfortunately unraveling from corporate cultures. I beleive his being targeted by poltical motives, as I have read about that happening before, such as in the times of Jeffterson, Lincoln, F. Roosevelt and now Obama. History has a way of repeating itself. I applaud his vision to supply what the market needed, in this case the U.S. government. I have no reason to doubt anything he has said in this book. Hope for the best of luck to him in the futire.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

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    Well, let me ask the self-righteous Erik Prince, where ANY of hi

    Well, let me ask the self-righteous Erik Prince, where ANY of his jack booted thugs of profit (his words) would received so large a paycheck to employ the killing skills learned as an G. I., for near poverty wages? I'll tell you where that is possible in ERIK PRINCE'S private Army in the company called Xe, formerly known as Blackwater.. The name was changed after Prince's Blackwater Army continued to come under State Department pressure for killing Iraqi civilians, in effect ruining the Blackwater name. His company was purchased by another in the field named Triple Canopy. And, of course it isn't any wonder that Mr Prince now resides in Abu Dhabi, there he can keep his band of Tax payer taught & funded World Mercenaries under lock and key with Sheik oil money.

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this book being from the Holland area. Gives you some in site on the company business was started and how the family helped the community. This story has good in site on how things were handled in time of war.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Another case of politicians selling a patriot down the river. S

    Another case of politicians selling a patriot down the river. Shame on Obama Lama Ding Dong for using this company as much as he could, then to bad mouth them endlessly for his own rotten games.

    Peace: USN EM1SS

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 11, 2013

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    Posted November 30, 2013

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    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Fabulous book!

    Amazing what Erik Prince did to help our country, our soldiers and even our politicians. A true patriot. Appalling how the government turned on him and his team.

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    Posted April 13, 2014

    The Hero War- character applications

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    Posted November 21, 2013

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    Posted November 21, 2013

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    Posted November 19, 2013

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