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

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

by Erik Prince


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The founder of Blackwater offers the gripping true story of the world’s most controversial military contractor.

In 1997, former Navy SEAL Erik Prince started a business that would recruit civilians for the riskiest security jobs in the world. As Blackwater’s reputation grew, demand for its services escalated, and its men eventually completed nearly 100,000 missions for both the Bush and Obama administrations.

It was a huge success except for one problem: Blackwater was demonized around the world. Its employees were smeared as mercenaries, profiteers, or worse. And because of the secrecy requirements of its contracts with the Pentagon, the State Department, and the CIA, Prince was unable to correct false information. But now he’s finally able to tell the full story about some of the biggest controversies of the War on Terror, in a memoir that reads like a thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591847458
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 387,547
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, is the founder and former CEO of Blackwater. Since selling the company in 2010, he has pursued a variety of new business ventures.

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note viii

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Introduction 1

1 My Father's Son 7

2 The Great Dismal Swamp 27

3 Columbine, The Cole, and Cancer 38

4 The Rise of Blackwater 49

5 Inherently Traditional 59

6 Bremer and the Business Model 72

7 The Expansion Plan 87

8 Fallujah 104

9 Blackwater Versus the Mahdi Army 129

10 The Rules Of The Road 152

11 Character Counts 173

12 The Fallujah Families 190

13 Nisour Square 207

14 Cold and Timid Souls 232

15 A Nightmare and a Miracle 259

16 The Downfall 283

17 The Next Reinvention 310

Afterword: The CIA and Erik Prince Max Boot 333

Acknowledgments 353

Notes 355

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From the Publisher

“Prince’s book belongs on the shelf next to the memoirs of the other Iraq and Afghanistan war chieftains…. we need Prince’s story to help us understand the history of the post- 9/11 wars and the myriad roles contractors played in these conflicts.”
The Washington Post

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