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Soldiers Of Fortune: A History of the Mercenary in Modern Warfare

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The freelance solider, or mercenary, whether fighting for money or reputation or an adopted cause, has always been a fascinating and controversial phenomenon. Now, as a result of the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has become not simply a mercenary but a vital part of modern and privatized warfare. For some, he is a heroic figure, doing the work governments are too ...more
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 400 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Pegasus Books/Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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Clayton Hall
It is a very interesting book. The only thing that I didn't like was the authors costant bashing of the American military, PMCs and CIA. He was very quick to point out what he felt was our short comings and mistakes. He needs to be reminded that throughout the 20th and now 21st century America has supplied the bulk of the fighting force in nearly all NATO operations. He also needs to be reminded that after we kicked the British out of our own country we then bailed them out of two other wars the ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Radiah rated it liked it
Shelves: military-history
Mr. Geraghty presents the motivations behind the PMC’s involvements in conflicts [profit, of course], their growing roles in conflicts, and presents his research in a straightforward writing style which I found engaging. He traces the history of mercenary agents in conflicts in the Congo and Angola, to Oman, Yemen, the ugly war in the former Yugoslavia up to Iraq and Afghanistan and subsequently, raises questions on the seemingly indiscriminate policies governing the use of private contractors ...more
Jun 01, 2010 Foster rated it liked it
Shelves: policy, history
I was surprised by this book. I didn't expect to get into it as much, yet I couldn't put it down and finished it over a week-long work trip.

Reading Geraghty is like sitting by the fire listening to Grandad. Sometimes he rambles, the claims made stretch the provided support a little too far, but ultimately you get some great stories. Even though he takes liberties with his evidence, Geraghty's overall message obviously has merit. And it doesn't hurt that he quoted my agency about five times (alth
Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war. I found this read very interesting since I dealt with many of the organizations discussed. The private security company or mercenary organization was a distinct facet of the US/UK efforts in Iraq. I dealt daily with these organizations and learned how to handle them. I found much of the discussion here similar to conversations I had with senior military officers and civilians. I recommend reading this book mainly since I believe the private military organi ...more
Chris Bauer
Oct 01, 2015 Chris Bauer rated it liked it
An interesting insider's view of PMC businesses, how they have evolved and changed with the times. As much about profit margins and business as anything else. Which makes perfect sense. Lots of interesting insights into the geopolitical games that nations play as well.
Apr 26, 2013 Taruia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: No One
Shelves: private-security
The major problem of this book is the 'oh woe is me' attitude of the author. He starts the bookk with a peculiar quote about lambs and lions (and to be completely frank I cannot be bothered to walk/step the 4 feet fropm my desk to the shelf it is on to find it) which is pretty much sums up this book.
Chris Morrow
Aug 08, 2012 Chris Morrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I remembered more of this, but what I do recall was an interesting read about PMC/PSC jobs mostly in the African arena over many years, the telling of motivations for the contractors, contractees and 'other side' in the conflicts.
Feb 17, 2013 Greynomad rated it really liked it
a good reference for what happens in the dark side
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Tony Geraghty is a British-Irish writer and journalist. He served in the Parachute Regiment, and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his work as a military liaison officer with U.S. forces during the Gulf War (1991). He has been a journalist for The Boston Globe and was the Sunday Times Defence Correspondent in the 1970s.
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