Robert Young Pelton

1 Licensed to Kill

Author : Robert Young Pelton
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books  History  Military 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2006-08-29
Description :  Robert Young Pelton first became aware of the phenomenon of hired guns in the War on Terror when he met a covert team of contractors on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in the fall of 2003. Pelton soon embarked on a globe-spanning odyssey to penetrate and understand this shadowy world, ultimately delivering stunning insights into the way private soldiers are used.<br /><br />Enter a blood-soaked world of South African mercenaries and tribal fighters backed by ruthless financiers. Drop into Baghdad’s Green Zone, strap on body armor, and take a daily high-speed ride with a doomed crew of security contractors who dodge car bombs and snipers just to get their charges to the airport. Share a drink in a chic hotel bar with wealthy owners of private armies who debate the best way to stay alive in war zones.<br /><br /><i>Licensed to Kill</i> spans four continents and three years, taking us inside the CIA’s dirty wars; the brutal contractor murders in Fallujah and the Alamo-like sieges in Najaf and Al Kut; the Deep South contractor training camps where ex–Special Operations soldiers and even small town cops learn the ropes; the contractor conventions where macho attendees swap bullet-punctuated tales and discuss upcoming gigs; and the grim Central African prison where contractors turned failed mercenaries pay a steep price.<br /><br />The United States has encouraged the use of the private sector in all facets of the War on Terror, placing contractors outside the bounds of functional legal constraints. With the shocking clarity that can come only from firsthand observation, <i>Licensed to Kill</i> painstakingly deconstructs the most controversial events and introduces the pivotal players. Most disturbingly, it shows that there are indeed thousands of contractors—with hundreds more being produced every month—who’ve been given a license to kill, their services available to the highest bidder.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

2 The Adventurist

Author : Robert Young Pelton
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2000-06-06
Description :  <b>The Adventurist</b> is one man's story, a story that will change the way you think about travel, survival, where you have been, and where you are going.<br /><br />Enter the world of Robert Young Pelton (if you dare), adventurer extraordinaire, author of <b>Come Back Alive</b> and <b>The World's Most Dangerous Places</b> (required reading at the CIA), and host of his TV series, Robert Young Pelton's <i>The World's Most Dangerous Places.</i><br /><br />A breakneck autobiography, <b>The Adventurist</b> blasts across six continents and spans four decades of hard-core living with its dispatches of mayhem, adventure in exotic locales, survival against formidable odds, memories of the pivotal events, and memorable portraits of the people that have shaped Pelton's obsessive spirit.<br /><br />Be shelled with the Talibs on the front lines of Afghanistan; hang out with hit men and rebels in the Philippines; survive a plane crash in Borneo; narrowly escape a terrorist bombing in Africa; dance with headhunters in Sarawak; crew with pirates in the Sulu Sea; explore the events that led Pelton to his unusual calling (including how he honed his survival skills at "the toughest boys' school in North America"); and, perhaps most important, discover Pelton's secret mission--to understand the hearts and minds of the people he meets. <br /><br /><b>The Adventurist</b> is a real book about the real world, an inspirational read that takes you places you might never willingly go.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

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