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Dirty Wars (int. edition): The World Is a Battlefield
     

Dirty Wars (int. edition): The World Is a Battlefield

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by Jeremy Scahill
 

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In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president

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In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.

Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and other private security contractors, the CIA’s Special Activities Division and the Joint Special Operations Command ( JSOC), these elite soldiers operate worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one hundred countries. Funded through “black budgets,” Special Operations Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch and grab individuals and direct drone, AC-130 and cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.

Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, Scahill reports from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America’s global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of these covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.

As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe, setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans are not only at greater risk—we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims of night raids, secret prisons, cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his brave reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568589688
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Edition description:
Internatio
Pages:
680
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.75(d)

Meet the Author


Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Democracy Now! He has also appeared on Fresh Air, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill’s work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, selected for the US documentary competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
the_home_librarian More than 1 year ago
This is a big book about a big subject, the never-ending war on terror. I think this book will earn big awards, too. The author did a tremendous job detailing every important aspect of this war and its historic and future implications. I was in awe throughout this reading project. There wasn't a wasted sentence in all of it. I hope it gets major attention beyond those who already instinctively reject the justification for human rights abuses and attacks on the U.S. Constitution that are commonplace in modern U.S. political thought and speech.
drakevaughn More than 1 year ago
Similar to Scahill’s terrific expose on Blackwater, he delivers spot-on reporting about President Obama’s shift toward drone strikes and covert action within the war on terror. Of particular note is his reporting on Somalia, the rise of the warlords and implementation of Sharia law. Not only does Scahill manage to present the facts in a simple and logical manner, he does so without plunging into the political abyss that seems to cloud any rational discussion these days. He holds nothing back in his examination of the escalating use of drones and targeted killings, along with exploring their unforeseen costs. A must-read for anyone who desires to dig deeper into the current state of the military and special-ops. 
MJS98 More than 1 year ago
Amazon has for $9.99...come on B&N...
Thinkpol More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! 
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This is a good book that tells a lot of info that most people don't know.
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Boo B&N! I paid more than Amazon, only to find out that I can't read this on the iPad - has to be Nook HD. Why? I just want to read the book! At least make it clearer that this ebook won't work on other devices! Very interested in this book but I'm not going out to buy another device just to read it. I want my money back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is awful! A self righteous journalist expounding his own narrow minded and dangerously naive world view. He justifies the terrorist attacks of Sep 11, while he derides the actions of the United States efforts to ensure the safety of it's people and culture. I wasted my money purchasing this excretory work and wasted my time by reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it is time to buy a kindle
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Its ok....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a reminder, guys, don't hate on nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So... were do we start?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the camp halfblood rp id like to be percy jackson.