From Halliburtons mission as the logistical backbone of the U. S. occupation in Iraqwithout it there could be no war or occupationto its role in covering up sexual abuse among its personnel in Baghdad, Halliburtons Army is a devastating expos of corporate malfeasance and political cronyism. Pratap Chatterjeeone of the worlds leading authorities on corporate corruptionbrings us inside the Pentagon meetings, where senior officials made the decision to send Halliburton to Iraq, and explains what favors Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld did for the company. He travels to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and former Yugoslavia to describe firsthand the freewheeling ways of the company and its myriad subcontractors. And he reveals the human costs of the privatization of U. S. military logistics, which is sustained almost entirely by unskilled workers who labor in dangerous conditions for low wages. Halliburtons Army is a sweeping investigation into one of the worlds most lethal corporationsand essential reading for anyone concerned about the nexus of private companies, government, and war.
Pratap Chatterjee is an investigative journalist and producer and the program, director/managing editor of Corpwatch. He is the author of Iraq Inc.: A Profitable Occupation and The Earth Brokers. He hosted a weekly radio show on Berkeley station KPFA, was a global environment editor for InterPress Service, and wrote for the Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Independent of London. He has won five Project Censored awards as well as a Silver Reel from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for his work in Afghanistan, and the best business story award from the National Newspaper Association (U.S.), among others. He has appeared as a commentator on numerous radio and television shows ranging from BBC World Service, CNN International, Democracy Now!, Fox, and MSNBC. The winner of a Lannan Cultural Freedom Award in 2006, he lives in Oakland, California.