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.
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Table of Contents
Publisher's Note viii
Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
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
What People are Saying About This
“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