Item description for Contractor Combatants: Tales of an Imbedded Capitalist by Carter Andress...
Overview Non-military contractors run the same risks as uniformed combatants in war-torn Iraq. In this gripping and compelling true story, Andress recounts the unique methods his multinational team has used to deliver vital supplies to coalition forces and to help rebuild the devastated country. (Motivation)
Publishers Description The enemy is everywhere in war-torn Iraq, and suppliers and construction workers run the same risks as uniformed combatants: guerrilla attacks, suicide bombings, rocket bombardments, and road mines. This is the compelling story of Carter Andress and the unique methods his multinational team used to deliver vital supplies to coalition forces and help rebuild the devastated country. Armed to the teeth with AK-47s, sidearms, and bags full of grenades, these "contractor combatants" engaged in deadly firefights with the enemy while attempting to fulfill their mission and defend their own lives. Some gunned down insurgents. Others were themselves killed. This riveting war story is the first to define the role of this new breed of private warrior and to do so in a gripping and highly graphic narrative.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.61" Width: 5.76" Height: 1.11" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595550895 ISBN13 9781595550897
Reviews - What do customers think about Contractor Combatants: Tales of an Imbedded Capitalist?
Great book written by a proud American Oct 31, 2008
This book was a well-written testimonial of a contractor combatant who helped rebuild Iraq after our toppling of Saddam. The book was unique and interesting because of its personal insights about a number of different topics, among them: American-Iraq relations, being a contractor in Iraq, and the media's mistaken view on both the war and on contractors. The author seems to be both well read and well-grounded. If nothing else, the concluding chapter houses some thought-provoking and succinct views about the war in Iraq and about his personal contribution towards its positive conclusion. He even expresses his initial skepticism about the war and its aims. Combat Contractor is both a fun and informative read - rarely nowadays is this ever the case! Read it, enjoy it, benefit from it!
Awesome Insight into Iraq War Apr 13, 2008
This book is told from the first person perspective of a true American hero. It is action packed with gun battles on the streets of Iraq, in-fighting amongst the locals, and the struggle to run a profitable business while staying alive in the most dangerous place on Earth.
Once I started reading, I could not put the book down. Andress provides incredible insight into the challenges that Americans and Iraqis face in the struggle for a free and democratic Iraq. It describes how Americans and Iraqis are risking their lives together in an effort to rebuild a free and safe Iraq.
After reading this book, I have much clearer insight into the Iraq situation. This book should be mandatory reading for all military officers, politicians, and critics, and supporters of the Iraq war.
Must Read Jan 19, 2008
I have just finished this great book written by a very courageous man that is the very epitome of what Americans used to be; big-hearted can-do men of adventure that seize the day and change the world for the better. It is a gripping account of this former US Army Ranger officer's experience running a logistics and security company in Iraq helping with the building and supply of bases for US and Iraqi forces, and the rebuilding of the Iraqi infrastructure. (He was an officer with the Army Rangers.) He lived outside the "Green Zone" with an ad hoc bunch of special forces guys from US Special Forces to Gurkas and Russian Spetnaz with a supporting cast of Iraqis willing to risk their lives and be real heros while most of the other contractors were hiding behind the US military. I just finished it and I have to say I'm most impressed.
This is a first-hand account of what it is really like over there and not a bunch of second-hand stories from someone hiding in a hotel in the Green Zone, like the other books about Iraq. It is truly a must read for anyone who wants to know what is really going on over there, and the story of the brave men who are building a democratic future for Iraq. See his video on youtube by searching for his name.
A true account of progress in Iraq. Sep 25, 2007
The liberal press has attempted to submarine progress in Iraq, just like it did in Vietnam. The Carter Andress book tells it like it is. Contractor's play a vital role in the security of the key players in fostering Iraqi democracy, and Andress see's the big picture in this book. This is a great read, but not for those lacking the determination to see this thing through.
From the Contractor's Mouth! Sep 23, 2007
First, I agree with that said by the first Reviewer, especially about Andress' perspective differing from the "2-3 day visits to Iraq" making those people experts! Andress has lived the Iraqi experience. His work and that of his company puts them in a unique position to KNOW how the majority of Iraquis fell about the US. His efforts make it possible for us to make the progress needed to make the Iraqui people self-sufficient. Only then should we think of leaving this country!
Contrary to the media portrait being painted of Contractors in Iraq, i.e. Blackwater, these men are enabling our "experts" to accomplish their tasks without being killed! Obviously the insurgents will try to kill them at every opportunity! Kill the Guards and the Bad Guys will have their way with the people....and our troops!
For a first-hand look at how Iraquis and Americans are working together read this book!