Fortune's Warriors: Private Armies and the New World Order

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From West Africa to the former Yugoslavia, in every global hot spot a private army waits, ready to step into the fray. Professional soldiers of fortune have always existed--but now they're on the brink of playing a new role in world affairs. A former mercenary takes a hard look at the conflicts presently raging, contrasting the success of these armies in achieving peace with the often inept and confused actions of the United Nations. A sure-to-be controversial account.

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James Davis, himself active in the international security industry, wrote about his experience as a UN peacekeeper in Africa and former Yugoslavia in his critically acclaimed first book, The Sharp End.

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Originally published in hardcover in Canada in 2000, this paperback edition has not been altered. The author is a veteran of the Canadian armed forces. His experiences as a U.N. peacekeeper in Africa and former Yugoslavia are discussed in his first book, The Sharp End: A Canadian Soldier's Story. Davis brings American readers a "fresh" perspective from a Canadian viewpoint. Here is the shadowy world of soldiers-for-hire and the multibillion-dollar international security industry that needs these "specialists" to deal with political and economic hot spots. Not too long ago the "dogs of war," or mercenaries, had their run of colonial conflicts in Africa and more recently in the former Yugoslavia. Davis goes behind the headlines and describes how "clients" are matched and assisted by "security consulting firms." The book is more political than historical in focus, and Davis analyzes his experiences in Sierra Leone in some detail. The book also dwells on the mechanics of setting up an operation. The author is quite frank when he discusses the failures of a number of U.N. peacekeeping missions. Recommended for the quality of its content and analysis, this book may not be an essential purchase for general school and public collections, but it may find an audience with those readers who enjoy politics, intrigue, and military history. David M. Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY
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