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  • By Darren
    Oct 2, 2010
    Book is too much hype and plays fast and loose with many, many, facts. I gave up after four chapters, but skimmed some towards the end. Childs being a quote/unquote "humanitarian" and a "pacifist" is a central theme to this book, but I see him more as an opportunist who took the money and ran. Granted, I see this book a little different because I was there in the same era so I can call b.s. on what was wrong, whereas your casual first world reader is not going to know better and take it at face value. For example, Childs says he went to work for Dynamic Aviation because they were a humanitarian aviation provider. No they are not! Dynamic Aviation is a US defense contractor who is engaged in Intelligence and Reconnaisance in Afghanistan and Iraq. Presenting them as otherwise is dishonest. Childs flails away at his first employer, Air Serve, for the no-guns stickers on the airplane, but he fails to grasp the evolving nature of the Afghan campaign, and why security... More > forces are needed to safeguard humanitarian initiatives. In Afghanistan, guns and butter go together. As much as I'd like him to be a pacifist, when dealing with the Taliban, you really can't be. And - after he quit Air Serve for a more lucrative job - the organization welcomed him back after the more lucrative job wasn't all peaches and cream. So Air Serve really was a humanitarian organization while Childs was out to line his bankbook. You can see why I gave up on this book. I'm a bit tired of these self-centered "memoirs" that distort the realities of the environment the author was in, while presenting the said individual in the best possible light. This book belongs mostly in the fiction section.< Less
  • By a.hostmark
    Sep 1, 2010
    A great tale of adversity and adventure. I enjoyed it very much both for its message of tolerance and peace in a confusing and violent world and it's exiting tales of a young man trying to find himself. I highly recommend this book.
  • By michael_nakamoto
    Aug 24, 2010
    "Mercenary Air" offers an account of what is really happening in Afghanistan and Iraq much more so than what you get through the CNN filter. Its riveting stories take your hope and optimism, like that of the author, to places and situations where that hope is challenged. Among other things, this book provides excellent insights about looking at things differently than from the Western perspective and addresses the inner struggle of the "American Way' in a constructive way. It reads quickly and brings these far off places to life through appropriate analogies and metaphors we can all relate to. A must read book for what is going on in the world today.
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Product Details

Published
September 23, 2010
Language
English
Pages
288
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.89 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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