A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq

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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 soldiers, provide security for foreign leaders and 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 and complete picture of the private army behind America’s military muscle.   The author interviewed security contractors and their families, high-ranking coalition officials, and 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 side of the Iraq war. Includes action on the supply lines and front lines of this unique conflict, and the stories of the contractors who live it every day.    

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Gerry 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 a frequent guest on network television and national radio, he lives in Marin County, California.

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"A Bloody Business is not a dry position paper. Schumacher illustrates his

points through real people, such as a truck driver who was turned down by

the military because of his age. He decides the best way to serve his

country is to practice his trade in Iraq, and we drive the gauntlet with

him. We also see the pride of a female cop who finds her niche in life by

training police forces in places from Bosnia to Iraq in how to protect

their populations, rather than oppress them. And we accompany a team from

an unnamed security contractor as it tries to recover some kidnapped truck

drivers by either bribery or force."

 

--David Forsmark

FrontPageMagazine.com

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