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I see war differently. I have travelled to 65 countries, some places where war never ceases. I've served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, and then as a private military contractor in Africa. Some would call me a mercenary- an intellectual one at least. I studied at Brown, Harvard, and the London School of Economics, earning my Ph.D. in International Relations. Now I am a novelist and scholar. The question that drives me is: "What is modern war?" I write books to explore and answer this question.

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“The state’s exclusive claim to violence to uphold its rule of law is, according to many, the very essence of statehood. For instance, in 1919, the eminent German sociologist Max Weber defined the state as “a human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory.”6 This definition remains widely used today, and states that cannot maintain a monopoly of force and endure civil war or frequent violent crime are routinely described as “weak,” “fragile,” or “failed” states.”
Sean McFate, The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order

“I thought you’d run. Most people would have.”
“You would have caught me.”
“True. Most people figure that out too late.”
Fine, Brad, let’s talk this through, if that’s what you want. And yes, I used your first name. I don’t kowtow to you anymore. At least not in my own head.
“You betrayed me in Ukraine,” I said.
“We’ve been over this.”
“No, we haven’t.”
Winters sighed, like I was wasting his time. Fine with me. I knew he wanted to be at Camp Speicher even less than I did. I was comfortable in this environment; he wasn’t.”
Sean McFate, Deep Black

“If you had died in Ukraine, Thomas, you wouldn’t be the man I thought you were.” He looked me in the eye for dramatic effect, but I didn’t squirm under his gaze. Not anymore. “But you weren’t killed, and you are the man I imagined.”
“My friend died there,” I said. “A man I trusted like a brother.”
“Men die, Thomas. You should know this better than most. It’s what you do.”
He didn’t understand. He didn’t have anyone in his life that mattered to him like Jimmy Miles had to me. He probably didn’t even have someone like Boon.
“Why did you track me?”
He laughed. “You know the answer to that, Thomas.” But I didn’t, and Winters realized it. If he was disappointed, he didn’t show it. “Sometimes, we are the last to know ourselves,” he said.
Since when was this snake a philosopher?”
Sean McFate, Deep Black




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