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: 149,017
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

What People are Saying About This

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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Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
hotelmanCH More than 1 year ago
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.
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Nice to have a fresh perspective of truth out there.  
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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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Batman is DC...
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bootspur More than 1 year ago
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.
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