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Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq

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Publisher Comments:

There are tens of thousands of them in Iraq. They work for companies with exotic and ominous-sounding names, like Crescent Security Group, Triple Canopy, and Blackwater Worldwide. They travel in convoys of multicolored pickups fortified with makeshift armor, belt-fed machine guns, frag grenades, and even shoulder-fired missiles. They protect everything from the U.S. ambassador and American generals to shipments of Frappuccino bound for Baghdad’s Green Zone. They kill Iraqis, and Iraqis kill them.

And the only law they recognize is Big Boy Rules.

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter comes a harrowing journey into Iraq’s parallel war. Part Mad Max, part Fight Club, it is a world filled with “private security contractors” — the U.S. government’s sanitized name for tens of thousands of modern mercenaries, or mercs, who roam Iraq with impunity, doing jobs that the overstretched and understaffed military can’t or won’t do.

They are men like Jon Coté, a sensitive former U.S. army paratrooper and University of Florida fraternity brother who realizes too late that he made a terrible mistake coming back to Iraq. And Paul Reuben, a friendly security company medic who has no formal medical training and lacks basic supplies, like tourniquets. They are part of America’s “other” army — some patriotic, some desperate, some just out for cash or adventure. And some who disappear into the void that is Iraq and are never seen again.

Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru traveled with a group of private security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day. He joined Jon Coté and the men of Crescent Security Group as they made their way through Iraq — armed to the teeth, dodging not only bombs and insurgents but also their own Iraqi colleagues. Just days after Fainaru left to go home, five men of Crescent Security Group were kidnapped in broad daylight on Iraq’s main highway. How the government and the company responded reveals the dark truths behind the largest private force in the history of American warfare...

With 16 pages of photographs

 

Review:

During the American struggle for independence, German mercenaries employed by the British crown terrorized rebellious soldiers and civilians with equal enthusiasm. This formative experience imprinted an abhorrence of mercenaries on our national character: We never hired our guns.

Until now. As a result of its mania for outsourcing essential government functions, the administration... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"An important, timely, scathing new book." Seattle Post Intelligencer

Review:

"An informative, dramatic look at a significant, often unexamined, aspect of contemporary military culture." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

There are tens of thousands of US mercenaries in Iraq. The only law they recognize is "Big Boy Rules." Fainaru, a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, covered the war in Iraq from 2004 to 2007, and received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his account of the journey into Iraq's parallel war with the men of Crescent Security Group, some of whom were paid $20,000 per month for their services. Fainaru interviews the mercenaries extensively on where they come from, what motivated them to go to Iraq, and how they cope with the dangerous conditions. He describes cases where mercenaries opened fire on civilians, and also investigates the American policymakers who hire the mercenaries. Just days after Fainaru left to go home, five men of Crescent Security Group were kidnapped. His account of how the government and the company responded reveals the dark truths behind the largest private force in the history of American warfare. The book includes 16 pages of b&w photos, most taken in Iraq. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Washington Post reporter Fainaru traveled with several groups of security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day. What emerges is a searing, revealing, and sometimes darkly funny look at the men who live and work on the battlefields of Iraq.

Synopsis:

Traveling with a group of American security contractors—mercenaries, or mercs—award-winning reporter Steve Fainaru reveals in gritty detail the men who live by Big Boy Rules.

About the Author

Steve Fainaru, an award-winning correspondent, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Price in international reporting in 2006 for his coverage of the Iraq war. He is the co-author of The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba, and the Search for the American Dream.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306817434
Subtitle:
America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
Author:
Fainaru, Steve
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Government & Business
Subject:
Mercenary troops
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Mercenary troops - United States
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081111
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages b/w photos
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 17.2 oz

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"Review" by , "An important, timely, scathing new book."
"Review" by , "An informative, dramatic look at a significant, often unexamined, aspect of contemporary military culture."
"Synopsis" by , Washington Post reporter Fainaru traveled with several groups of security contractors to find out what motivates them to put their lives in danger every day. What emerges is a searing, revealing, and sometimes darkly funny look at the men who live and work on the battlefields of Iraq.
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Traveling with a group of American security contractors—mercenaries, or mercs—award-winning reporter Steve Fainaru reveals in gritty detail the men who live by Big Boy Rules.
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