By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen
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Your honest and humble insights show the truly human nature of facing inner demons and struggling with the prospect of impending death. Your contributions to this book were enormous. I offer my appreciation to Ken McDonald, Mark Taylor, and Jeff Dye, Iron Pony Express truck drivers who contributed much to this book. For the townspeople of Paris, Illinois, who turned their little community upside down to welcome home their “kids,” you represent the finest traditions of the American people. And to the families from Paris, Illinois, whose sons and daughters paid the ultimate sacrifice, the United States is forever indebted to you.
The increased power of contracting firms in Africa and expansion into other businesses has been the subject of much controversy in the United Nations and elsewhere. Contractors have been accused of competing not just for contracts, but for vital interests protected by other firms in the less visible war behind the war. They are alleged to be wielding their influence and power to colonize nations. Some of these contracting agencies have even launched public relations campaigns to clean up their image.
This was one of those moments in which an American just does something for you because you are a fellow American. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Renee Taylor, the wife of a KBR contract truck driver. Renee spent countless hours researching information, getting me in touch with other drivers, and reviewing stories for accuracy. Her limitless and energetic support of her husband, Mark, truckers in Iraq, and their families is a tribute to her selfless character. Thank you, Renee. Thank you very much.
A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq by Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen