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The vast expansion of commercial and politicised warfare – in the wake of the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq – is examined in this enthralling, highly controversial book. The freelance soldier, whether fighting for money or an adopted case, has always been a fascinating but little understood phenomenon. Never more so than now. For some, the mercenary is heroic; for those who do not know the euphoria of surviving a battle, he is a bloodthirsty killer. Tony Geraghty’s book reveals the truth about their lives.


Geraghty's in-depth, hard-hitting analysis of shady events involving British mercenaries will have many reading late into the night while wrapped in their sleeping bags and balaclavas.
A surprisingly dense account of the life of the mercenary from Sixties Africa to present-day Iraq captures the cruel dramas of warfare along with the political realities behind them.