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A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq
As the U.S. Army shrinks, a private army steps into the breach. A Bloody Business offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes and into the ranks of this mercenary force (numbering as many as 15,000 today) who guard supply convoys, train foreign soldiers, provide security for foreign leaders and dignitaries—and whose workplaces are the most dangerous hot spots on the pla...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Zenith Press
(first published April 27th 2006)
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There are many books on the use of private militayr contractors used to augment the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. PMCs (or in UK parlance PMSCs) are often referred to as mercenaries, although technically (well using the accepted UN Convention on the use of Mercenaries) they aren't. some books are written for a scholarly audience and some for a wider audience. This is the latter which doesn't mean it can't be good - Jeremy Scahill's book on Blackwater was exceptionally good - but unfortuna ...more
Bloody Business is a true story and a glimps of private contractors and their elite secret highly trained soldiers operating and supporting our military in Iraq and in Afghanistan. An excellent read for those looking to better understand what these private contractors do and what dangers, sacrifice and dedication they have in supporting our military in combat zones. For those who are interested in making a quick money and getting paid well!
It was ok. A general overview of private military contractors, what they do and don't do. A pretty good book that defends their reputation as being just a bunch of mercenaries. This book had some personal war stories that were interesting but confusing as the author went from writing in the past tense to the present. Nothing remarkable here.