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Halliburton's Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes Warby Pratap Chatterjee
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Halliburton’s Army is the first book to show, in shocking detail, how Halliburton really does business, in Iraq, and around the world. From its vital role as the logistical backbone of the U.S. occupation in Iraq—without Halliburton there could be no war or occupation—to its role in covering up gang-rape amongst its personnel in Baghdad, Halliburton’s Army is a devastating bestiary of corporate malfeasance and political cronyism.
Pratap Chatterjee—one of the world’s leading authorities on corporate crime, fraud, and corruption—shows how Halliburton won and then lost its contracts in Iraq, what Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld did for it, and who the company paid off in the U.S. Congress. He brings us inside the Pentagon meetings, where Cheney and Rumsfeld made the decision to send Halliburton to Iraq—as well as many other hot-spots, including Somalia, Yugoslavia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, and, most recently, New Orleans. He travels to Dubai, where Halliburton has recently moved its headquarters, and exposes the company’s freewheeling ways: executives leading the high life, bribes, graft, skimming, offshore subsidiaries, and the whole arsenal of fraud. Finally, Chatterjee reveals the human costs of the privatization of American military affairs, which is sustained almost entirely by low-paid unskilled Third World workers who work in incredibly dangerous conditions without any labor protection.
Halliburton’s Army is a hair-raising exposé of one of the world’s most lethal corporations, essential reading for anyone concerned about the nexus of private companies, government, and war.
"Halliburton's War" shows, in shocking detail, how Halliburton really does business in Iraq and around the world. Chatterjee offers this expos of one of the world's most lethal corporations, revealing their history of corporate malfeasance and political cronyism.
The first book-length exposé of the military contractor whose name has become synonymous with corruption and war profiteering.
From Halliburtons mission as the logistical backbone of the U.S. occupation in Iraq—without it there could be no war or occupation—to its role in covering up sexual abuse among its personnel in Baghdad, Halliburtons Army is a devastating exposé of corporate malfeasance and political cronyism.
Pratap Chatterjee—one of the worlds leading authorities on corporate corruption— brings us inside the Pentagon meetings, where senior officials made the decision to send Halliburton to Iraq, and explains what favors Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld did for the company. He travels to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and former Yugoslavia to describe firsthand the freewheeling ways of the company and its myriad subcontractors. And he reveals the human costs of the privatization of U.S. military logistics, which is sustained almost entirely by unskilled workers who labor in dangerous conditions for low wages.
Halliburtons Army is a sweeping investigation into one of the worlds most lethal corporations—and essential reading for anyone concerned about the nexus of private companies, government, and war.
About the Author
Pratap Chatterjee is an award-winning investigative journalist, and the managing editor of CorpWatch. The winner of a Lannan Cultural Freedom Award, he lives in Washington, D.C.
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