By Frank Gallagher, Special for USDR
Baghdad, 2003: An elite group of private security contractors is charged with protecting the American who rules Iraq. In his new memoir, The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World, Marine Corps Vet and Fmr. Director of Security for Fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, Frank Gallagher takes the reader deep behind the scenes of one of the world’s most dangerous professions.
In May of 2003 George W. Bush appointed Paul Bremer as Presidential Envoy to Iraq. Charged with laying the foundation for a new government, Bremer disbanded the Iraqi Army and banned the ruling Ba’ath party. In the process he became the prime target for dozens of insurgent and terrorist groups. Assigned to protect him during his grueling sixteen-hour days were Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher and a team of former Marines, SEALs, and other defense professionals.
When Gallagher and his team arrived, Baghdad was set to explode. As the insurgency gathered strength, Bremer and the men who guarded him faced death daily. They were not in the military, but Gallagher and his team were on the front lines of the Iraq War. The Bremer Detailis a thrilling memoir that reveals the numerous occasions that Gallagher and his team literally saved lives through their reactions to ever-present danger.
In this book, Frank Gallagher has captured all the drama and difficulties of operating in a violent war zone, post-Saddam Iraq. As head of my personal security detail, he vividly captures the tense and dangerous duty he and his dedicated colleagues carried out under the most trying circumstances. On a number of occasions, some of them revealed in this book, Gallagher and his team literally saved lives – mine and others – through their quick and professional reactions to danger.
–L. Paul Bremer III, Fmr. Presidential Envoy to Iraq
About the Author: Frank Gallagher has more than 25 years of international experience providing personal protection, intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism operations, and security training in both the private security sector and the US Marine Corps. He served as director of security for former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. He has also created training programs for personnel traveling to high-threat areas. He is currently the executive vice president of Amyntor Group, LLC, an international security services and consulting firm serving government, corporate, and VIP clients.
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