parallel army lives on the margins of the Iraq war—nearly 100,000 armed
men, invisible yet in plain sight, doing jobs the overstretched and
understaffed military can’t or won’t do. The US media call them
“security contractors.” They call themselves “mercs,” and they operate
under their own rules.
Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with several
groups of security contractors to find out what motivates them to put
their lives in danger every day. What emerges is a searing, revealing,
and sometimes darkly funny look at the men who live and work in the
battlefields of Iraq: some are desperate, some are confused, and some
are just out for a lark. Some disappear into the void that is Iraq and
are never seen again. It’s not a pretty picture that Fainaru reveals,
but it is brutally real and shockingly honest. Big Boy Rules is
an unforgettable leap into the mayhem of Iraq and into the dark recesses
of the minds of American policymakers and the warriors they hire. Download and start listening now!