Soldiers of fortune : a history of the mercenary in modern warfare /

Main Author: Geraghty, Tony.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Pegasus Books : c2009.
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed.
Subjects:
Table of Contents:
  • Origins: "the business of America is business"
  • Africa: they do things differently there
  • Congo 1960-1: the unquiet spirit of Patrice Lumumba
  • Congo 1964-7: the myth of the white giant
  • Angola 1974-2002: a war for slow readers
  • Yemen 1965-8: "do you fancy going into Yemen and burning the Migs?"
  • Oman 1970-95: how the Sandhurst brotherhood saved a nation
  • Afghanistan 1979-89: "the British will probably be most forthcoming"
  • Nicaragua and elsewhere 1984-2006: spreading democracy, America's first war on terror
  • Sierra Leone 1997-8: a less than ethical foreign policy
  • Croatia 1995: America's junkyard dogs
  • Iraq 2003-present: a licence to kill, in some circumstances
  • Iraq 2005: the thirty-two-second ambush
  • The online dialogues: grunts, muppets and the civvy bodycount
  • Afghanistan 2001-future indefinite: in Talibs' fields the poppies blow
  • Licensed to save: the unarmed warriors
  • The Foreign Enlistment Act 1870-present: lying in state at Westminster
  • Legal remedies, 1976-present: the utopian in pursuit of the uncontrollable
  • The great reappraisal, 2006: dogs of war or pussycats of peace?
  • Mr. Micawber's missing millions
  • Epilogue: after RIO.