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Blood Money

Blood Money

Johan Raath
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3.5 Mushroom Heads
Blood Money is an excellent book in which the author describes his life as a private military security contractor, mainly in Iraq from 2003, following his Service in the South African Special Forces, to 2017.

Thankfully, Raath provides a comprehensive historical and political background to the recent wars in Iraq, which is usually overlooked in lesser publications, and includes many photographs and maps to complement the thorough narrative.

Raath does not skip any detail of his experiences and covers his perilous life in-country, as well as the frequent firefights with attacking insurgents and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The problems with the governing bodies in Iraq and the immense work and cooperation of the Western Allies receive the attention deserved.

Of particular note are the author’s descriptions and difficulties of rebuilding the Iraqi infrastructure after years of conflict – mostly accompanied by ongoing dangers - together with the influences, demands and political aspirations of neighbouring countries.

This book will be of great interest to those who Served in the Gulf Wars and Iraq, as well as those with an historical curiosity for the Middle East. As a bonus, there are details of the author’s life in southern Africa plus his work in other regions of the World.

A very readable publication that should do well.

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