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Summary

The founder of Blackwater offers the gripping, previously untold story of the world's most controversial military contractor.

Blackwater is one of the most misunderstood companies of our time. As Erik Prince, its founder and former CEO, writes:

"Hundreds of American citizens employed by private military contractors, or PMCs, would lose their lives helping our government wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to have their memory tarnished by the unfair and/or ignorant depiction of PMCs as profiteers, jackbooted thugs, or 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 free to tell the often shocking story of Blackwater's rise and fall.

Blackwater hired Special Forces veterans and others with the skills and courage to take on the riskiest security jobs in the world. As its reputation grew, demand for its services escalated. Its men eventually completed nearly 100,000 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prince's narrative includes newly revealed details about many controversial events. It debunks myths that have been spread by TV shows and movies. It honors our armed forces while challenging the Pentagon's top leadership. Above all, it will make people rethink exactly who the "good guys" and "bad guys" have been since 9/11.

©2013 Erik Prince (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Truthfully

I had the pleasure of knowing quite a few Blackwater and Triple C guys in Iraq. Always professional always on top of their game

It was great to hear the behind the scenes story, I must applaud the honesty in the telling of this story, not just professional but private life too. That took bravery. Well done. Blackwater will I'm sure, be missed

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The other perspective

A great revealing book providing a different perspective on what happened in the Blackwater story. Well written and good narration.

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A good account

An interesting account of the post 9/11 world. And sheds a light into the future of contractors and the government.

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great book, which gets straight into the action

Fun, exciting and a great argument for the free market. Thank you Eric Prince for what you have achieved and for making the world a better place

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Had to be told.

Loved it ! I was so shocked to hear some of the injustices Blackwater dealt with. Truly Eye Opening. 👊🏻

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great. interesting. the truth about blackwater.

Inciteful, interesting and mesmerising. The truth about Blackwater. Erik Prince is a great man, hounded for being Brilliant. what a team with such a wonderful ethos he created.

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The silent war of the deniable asset

If you could sum up Civilian Warriors in three words, what would they be?

Who have loved to hear the original story before if was filtered buy the agency’s

What was one of the most memorable moments of Civilian Warriors?

The impact and the lost of the first four black water contractors

Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favourite?

I would love to have dinner with Eric Price in the Emirates Palace to get his view of the world in 2018

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Really good

Gives a really good insight into the workings of private military. I have a new outlook on the stereotype now. Well worth a listen

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Would you consider the audio edition of Civilian Warriors to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the steady growth of the Blackwater company and how it relates to world events.

What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He reads this perfectly. Right tone and pacing. Superb.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The death of Blackwater contractors and the effects on the family.

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Wonderful book from an insiders point of view. Clearly the opinions of PMC is a grey area and this is very biased towards the positives. However it's very well written and read and shows the progression and need for such organisations. Mr Price for his faults, really understands his subject. And that comes across.

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Totally changed my perception of private military contractors

Hope they make a movie out of this book. The truth deserves to be told to more people. Excellent book