What are the best books featuring private military and security corporations?

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    #1The Modern Mercenary

    The Modern Mercenary

    The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order is a political and historical non-fiction book written by Sean McFate. It was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press, USA. 


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    Matthew Gray
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "t was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Typically led by ex-military men, contractor firms are by their very nat"
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    #2Disaster Capitalism

    Disaster Capitalism

    Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe is an economic and political non-fiction book written by award-winning journalist Antony Loewenstein. It was published in 2015 by Verso. 


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    Doris Hansen
    Written on May 12, 2018
    ""How to be a scumbag". I was thinking, "what could be the lowest of the low thing for me to look in to"? And it came to me. How to make money of the suffering of others. Sounds like a great enterprise to profit from. All I need is an act of god and I'm rich. This book gets right to the point. "
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    Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is a political non-fiction book written by Jeremy Scahill. This military history book is about Baghdad's Nisour Square and published in 2007 by Nation Books. 


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    Emma Olson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I love to read war books about different military books. From the synopsis it sounds like an interesting read. I thought this book would be right up my alley, but I found it to be a bit too politicized for my taste. It contained too much opinion based information compared to fact based information. There are better, more unbiased, books about private military. I made it half-way through and just couldn't force myself to finish."
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    #4Civilian Warriors

    Civilian Warriors

    Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror is a non-fiction biography written by Erik Prince. This military history book was published in 2013 by Portfolio/Penguin. 


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    Frank Cunningham
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Civilian Warriors is the best book featuring private military and security corporations. it is about Blackwater, a security corporation that is made up of special forces veterans and others who can take the riskiest jobs around the world."
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    #5Zero Footprint

    Zero Footprint

    Zero Footprint: The True Story of a Private Military Contractor's Covert Assignments in Syria, Libya, And the World's Most Dangerous Places is a military non-fiction book written by Simon Chase and Ralph Pezzullo in 2016. 


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    Vincent Schultz
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Great delivery time! Book arrived in perfect condition! The story is one that I would recommend everyone to read...most people do not know about the Private Military Contractors who do the work that our troops would be doing in far off conflicts"
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    #6Corporate Warriors

    Corporate Warriors

    Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) is a political and historical non-fiction book written by P.W. Singer. It was published in 2003 by Cornell University Press.


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    Joan Kennedy
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "When he wrote this, the United States was not yet involved in Iraq, let alone against ISIS. It was updated in 2008 as Barack Obama was running for president so it has been somewhat updated though not completely. It could definitely use another given the events of the past eight years. Nonetheless, it is an invaluable introduction to the subject (there are several newer books available now), a subject about which I knew very little going in. It presents a disturbing picture of the world in which private military firms are largely unregulated by both national and international law, presenting all sorts of potential difficulties. We have already seen some of these in the Abu Ghraib scandal and in the behavior of Blackwater during the Iraq War and subsequent occupation and civil war. "
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    #7Private Armies and Military Intervention

    Private Armies and Military Intervention

    Private Armies and Military Intervention is a military non-fiction book written by David Shearer. This book is about conflicts in military companies and it was first published in 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA. 


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    Frank Griffin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The book is a little dated after 20 years, but some of the subject matter is still relevant. It offers plenty of insight into the way companies still operate in regards to the war machine and private military operations. "
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    #8The Market for Force

    The Market for Force

    The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security is a political non-fiction book written by Deborah D. Avant. This book is about private security companies and published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. 


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    Arnav Bose
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was trying to find a good book to learn more about private military and security corporations to better learn what all is involved, the history, etc. just to ease my own curiosity. This book was EXACTLY what I was looking for. Deborah Avant does an excellent job at giving the reader everything they're looking for an more from the history to the growth, incorporation, and a range of topics I found to be quite interesting. It's truly an enjoyable read."
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    #9Building Better Armies

    Building Better Armies

    Building Better Armies: An Insider's Account of Liberia is a non-fiction war book written by Sean McFate. This book is about the 14-year Civil War in Liberia. It was published in 2014 by Lulu.com. 


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    Keith Simpson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Crucial reading for anyone who wants to understand a new component of modern warfare. The prevalence of privatized military forces raises serious political, economic, and moral questions and can be down right frightning at times."
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    #10Private Military and Security Companies

    Private Military and Security Companies

    Private Military and Security Companies: Ethics, Policies and Civil-Military Relations is a non-fiction book by Andrew Alexandra, Deane-Peter Baker, and Marina Caparini. It was published in 2008 by Routledge. 


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    Devansh Banerjee
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Private Military and Security Companies is an extremely technical book of the history, present state and potential future of the use of private military and security corporations. This book is somewhat sobering and more geared to the academic audience. If you are looking to be entertained by interesting storytelling this is probably not the book for you, but if you enjoy reading about facts and theories I think you will like it."


Best What are the best books featuring private military and security corporations
1The Modern MercenaryBooks 19 Paid
2Disaster CapitalismBooks 17 Paid
3BlackwaterBooks 14 Paid
4Civilian WarriorsBooks 13 Paid
5Zero FootprintBooks 10 Paid
6Corporate WarriorsBooks 8 Paid
7Private Armies and Military InterventionBooks 7 Paid
8The Market for ForceBooks 4 Paid
9Building Better ArmiesBooks 3 Paid
10Private Military and Security CompaniesBooks 1 Paid

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