Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
Steve Fainaru. Philadelphia: Da Capo Press, 2008. 241 pp. Illus. Bib. Index. $26.
Reviewed by David Wood
We will be pondering for years the consequences of the strategic misjudgments made in Iraq by America's civilian and military high command. This slim, readable volume will help count the costs in tragic, personal terms. More than simply a good accounting of the private security companies operating in Iraq, this is a compelling and horrifying story of the five private security contractors kidnapped on 16 November, 2006 outside Safwan, just north of the Kuwait border. The men, with whom Fainaru had ridden on convoy duty on that route, were never again seen alive.