Forget everything you
think you know about Blackwater. And get ready for a thrilling, true story that
will make you rethink who the good guys and bad guys have been since 9/11.
No company in our time has been as mysterious or as
controversial as Blackwater. Founded by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince in 1997,
it recruited Special Forces veterans and others with the skills and courage to
take on the riskiest security jobs in the world. As its reputation grew,
government demand for its services escalated, and Blackwater’s men eventually
completed nearly one hundred thousand missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both
the Bush and Obama administrations found the company indispensable.
It sounds like a classic startup success story, except for
one problem: Blackwater has been demonized around the world. From uninformed
news coverage to grossly distorted fictional portrayals, Blackwater employees
have been smeared as mercenaries, profiteers, jackbooted thugs, and worse.
Because of the secrecy requirements of Blackwater’s
contracts with the Pentagon, the State Department, and the CIA, Prince was
unable to speak out when his company’s opponents spread false information. But
now he’s able to tell the full and often shocking story of Blackwater’s rise
In Civilian Warriors,
Prince pulls no punches and spares no details. He explains his original goal of
building an elite center for military and law enforcement training. He recounts
how the company shifted gears after 9/11. He honors our troops while
challenging the Pentagon’s top leadership. And he reveals why highly efficient
private military contractors have been essential to running our armed forces,
since long before Blackwater came along.
Above all, Prince debunks myths about Blackwater that spread
while he was forced to remain silent—myths that tarnished the memory of men who
gave their lives for their country but never got the recognition they deserved.
He reveals new information about some of the biggest controversies of the War
on Terror, including:
• The true story of the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad
• The actual details of Blackwater’s so-called impunity in Iraq
• The events leading up to the televised deaths of Blackwater contractors in
Prince doesn’t pretend to be perfect, and he doesn’t hide
the sometimes painful details of his private life. But he has done a great
public service by setting the record straight. His book reads like a thriller
but is too improbable to be fiction. Download and start listening now!