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A BLOODY BUSINESS: AMERICA'S WAR ZONE CONTRACTORS & THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ
Author: Colonel Gerald Schumacher, United States Army Special Forces (ret.)
Publisher: MBI Publishing, May 2006
An unflinching account of the fighting in today's war-for-hire -- from a highly decorated officer. 32 color photos; 6x9 inches, 304 pgs.
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 soliders, provide security for foreign leaders & dignitaries -- and whose workplaces are the most dangerous hot spots on the planet. With its insights into who these men are, what drives them, where they come from, how they prepare, and what they do, this book provides a uniquely close-up & complete picture of the private army behind America's military muscle.
Author Schumacher interviewed security contractors and their families & high-ranking coalition officials. He was in Iraq, where he witnessed how private soldiers fought ambushes, trained Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officials in dangerous conditions, and saw the contractor's side of the Iraq war.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
Schumacher polishes the public image of private wartime contractors in this informative if relentlessly glowing account of these "unrecognized and unappreciated patriots" in Iraq and Kuwait. Schumacher gained access to employees from contracting firms MPRI and Crescent Security, and his perspective is one of deep affection and respect?for people who put themselves in harm's way to provide security for diplomats, to move convoys of precious materials and to rebuild the broken infrastructure of war-torn countries. Describing the day-to-day operations of the trucking, training and security contractors he interviewed in Kuwait and Iraq, Schumacher argues that they don't work for the money (MPRI workers' pay comes to under $20 an hour) but out of a sense of adventure, patriotism and expertise. --Publisher's Weekly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gerald Schumacher retired as a colonel in 1997 after 32 years of service with the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves -- including 20 years in Special Forces. A lecturer at preeminent "think tanks" and frequent guest on network television & national radio, he lives in Marin County, California.