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Making A Killing : The Explosive Story of a Hired Gun in Iraq

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In September 2003, James 'Ash' Ashcroft, a former British Infantry Captain, arrived in Iraq as a 'gun for hire'. It was the beginning of an 18-month journey into blood and chaos.

In this action-packed page-turner, Ashcroft reveals the dangers of his adrenalin-fuelled life as a security contractor in Baghdad, where private soldiers outnumber non-US Coalition forces in a war that is slowly being privatised. From blow-by-blow accounts of days under mortar bombardment to revelations about life operating deep within the Iraqi community, Ashcroft shares the real, unsanitised story of the war in Iraq - and its aftermath - direct from the front line.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2x8 b/w illustration section
  • 0753512343
  • 9780753512340
  • 173,861

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The pay: $1,000 a day
The cost: Never knowing if you'll make it out alive

When James 'Ash' Ashcroft, a former British Infantry Captain, arrived in Iraq as a 'gun for hire', it was the beginning of an 18-month journey into chaos and blood.

From the midst of a war where private soldiers outnumber non-US Coalition forces, Ash gives a blow-by-blow account of the adrenaline-filled life of a security contractor. From days under mortar bombardment to the huge risks of operating deep within the Iraqi community, this is the real, unsanitised story of the war in Iraq - and its aftermath - direct from the front line.
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Review Text

"This diary of death and destruction radiates not just personality, but that elusive, lyrical honesty the existentialists used to call 'authenticity'."
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"This diary of death and destruction radiates not just personality, but that elusive, lyrical honesty the existentialists used to call 'authenticity'." * Daily Telegraph *
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About James Ashcroft

James Ashcroft is a former British Infantry Captain who served in West Belfast and Yugoslavia, and trained with various elite US Army and Marine Units. Since leaving the army James has spent twelve years as a security and risk consultant to multi-national clients and high net worth individuals around the world. He worked as a private security contractor in Iraq from September 2003 to May 2005.
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Rating details

207 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 29% (61)
4 38% (78)
3 25% (51)
2 7% (15)
1 1% (2)
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