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Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield

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A New York Times bestseller. Now also an Oscar-nominated documentary

In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times bestseller Blackwater, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individua
Hardcover, 680 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Nation Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Dirty Wars is a deeply unsettling book.

Scahill's intent is to document the growth and present nature of US counter-terrorism operations, not just on the scale and nature of these operations, but also on their questionable and often ill-defined legality. His investigations span multiple countries (For example: Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen), and the life and career of Anwar al-Awlaki, a once-moderate preacher who was driven to extremism from what he viewed as internal oppression, a
Slim Khezri
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Dirty Wars" has a somewhat different tone that Scahil's book on Blackwater. It is a rigorous history of un-declared and largely un-reported violence in many countries around the world by various parts of the United States government since Sept 11th. There is,as one might expect, a sub-text of great alarm about the deterioration of American legal standards and a profound concern about the effects of killing of thousands of people, many of them children and others who died for having the bad luck ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was very nearly finished with this book I recommended it to a friend whom I consider quite conservative; I cautioned him that the read may appear a bit 'liberal' for his tastes. Somehow, an honest assessment of our military killing civilians in certain parts of the world has come to be seen as 'liberal' for some, but there you are.
These words, then, from the epilogue, drew me up quite short:

"No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its border
محمد وفيق زين العابدين
عبدالرحمن لم يُقتل بسبب شيء فعله، بل بسبب ما سيكونه ذات يوم .. هذه الجُملة هي التي فسر بها الصحفي الأمريكي جيرمي سكاهيل في كتابه [الحروب القذرة.. العالم ساحة معركة] قتل القوات الأمريكية الفتى اليَمني عبدالرحمن أنور العولقي ابن الـ 16 عامًا الذي ذهب ليبحث عن والده بعد اغتياله، فقصفته طائرة أمريكية بدون طيار في صحراء اليمن لتُلحقه بوالده!
هذا الكتاب يُعتبر من أهم الكُتب التي تُبين مدى الإجرام الأمريكي تجاه الشعوب الإسلامية وغيرها ممن اتخذتها الولايات المُتحدة عدوًا أو عدوًا محتملًا لها .. يتحدث عن
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war
Even if you don’t like the work Scahill does (and I do) you must admit that he is one of the few people out there doing actual journalism instead of sitting in a TV studio spewing out opinions. We have made the news such an entertainment industry that most people don’t know the difference between news and editorial.

Most of this is old news for people who bothered to keep themselves truly informed during the Iraq War disaster. Reading it in this kind of detail is depressing. Like the guy said at
David Stephens
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Jeremy Scahill has written here what is likely the most comprehensive reference book on the U.S.'s foreign policy post-9/11, focusing mostly on the country's covert and clandestine affairs. While he does cover the history of the CIA and other earlier issues, he spends most of his time reporting on how things have changed over the last decade.

The book is composed of relatively short occurrences from many different times and places, detailing aspects of the conventional military, the CIA, the Join
Maria Espadinha
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«É proibido matar: logo, todos os assassinos serão punidos, salvo se matarem em grande quantidade e ao som de trombetas.» , Voltaire

O Terrorismo do Anti-Terrorismo

"Encontrar o pai não ia ser fácil. Era um homem procurado. Tinha a cabeça a prémio e escapara à morte por pouco mais de uma dúzia de vezes. O facto de forças poderosas em vários países procurarem o seu pai não desencorajava o rapaz. Estava cansado de ver vídeos em que pintavam o pai como terrorista e uma figura malévola. Para ele, era
Simon Wood
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Journalist, Jeremy Scahill, author of the best selling expose of leading mercenary corporation "Blackwater", has in his sights a somewhat larger prey in "Dirty Wars": namely the series of Covert Wars the United States has run in parallel with its more overt ones in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.

The book begins by looking at precedents and experiences of U.S. covert operations and wars in the post-Vietnam War era, particular regard is giving to the Reagan administratio
I nearly read this book in 2014, only my reading schedule was tight and I put it aside for another time. After watching the documentary a few weeks back, I decided the time to read it was now, as I could not believe that the book would be anywhere near as sensationalist in style as that truly awful documentary.

I was disappointed to find that it was. Maybe I shouldn't have watched the Doco first with all it's blatant heart string pulling slow shots of children's little faces and weeping wives and
Ryan Gilbert
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
It quickly becomes obvious as to where the author stands with his view on war, and what he thinks of the United States when it comes to geopolitics. It's hard to discern fact from fiction, because the author integrates so much of his own hyperbole with hard facts, and first person testimony, it becomes a convoluted mess.

There are some very interesting stories and research the author has done, but at times it feels like on Oliver Stone movie where he's presenting the data in a way that supports
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Jeremy Scahill is an American investigative journalist and author whose work focuses on the use of private military companies.

He is the author of the best-selling book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, winner of a George Polk Book Award.

He also serves as a correspondent for the U.S. radio and TV program Democracy Now!. Scahill is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow a
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