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Executive Outcomes was already well known to several governments and private corporations before it exploded into controversy in 1993 after entering into a contract with Angola’s FAA to train a brigade-level force to decisively end their decades-old conflict with UNITA. It was also well known to those involved in fermenting conflicts in order to topple African governments with a view to controlling resources for personal gain.

The role Executive Outcomes played in bringing an end to the conflicts in Angola and Sierra Leone threatened numerous duplicitous foreign entities. To protect their economic and other interests, a media frenzy was generated to discredit the company, and false media and intelligence reporting became the norm upon which Executive Outcomes was judged.

Despite attempts to bribe the company’s founder and massive pressure from several international governments - including the South African government - Executive Outcomes continued to provide assistance and support to African and other governments under siege. In honoring its contracts, several of its employees made the ultimate sacrifice.

Executive Outcomes is still regarded as the gold standard by which similar companies are judged, and it is the only private military company that never failed in a contract or abandoned a client government. During the years that it was active, the men of Executive Outcomes saved many thousands of lives. 

In this revised edition, the author presents a no-holds-barred account of the company’s activities and the numerous threats it had to deal with, including attempts to assassinate its founder and chairman.

Eeben Barlow served as a commandant (lieutenant colonel) in several conventional, unconventional, and covert South African Defence Force units. Commissioned in the SADF’s Corps of Engineers, he served as the sapper officer in several infantry battalions, and as second in command of 32 Battalion’s Reconnaissance Wing. Following that deployment, he served as an agent handler for Military Intelligence and thereafter as a covert operative in the SA Special Forces’ shadowy Civil Cooperation Bureau.

When he became ‘politically expendable’ he founded Executive Outcomes, and was initially contracted to train SADF Special Forces operators in covert operations. As the founder and chairman of Executive Outcomes, he oversaw the initial defeat of UNITA in Angola, the destruction of the RUF in Sierra Leone, and the rescue of western hostages in Indonesia.

He is currently the chairman of STTEP International Ltd, a company that actively supports governments in Africa. He lectures at numerous military colleges and universities in Africa and abroad, and is also an advisor to several African governments.

The revised edition is very different from the first publication by Galago as a lot more information - such as recently surfaced MI and DFA lies and deception, the duplicity of the South African government at that time and its desire to support a Maoist organisation at the cost of young South African lives, the use of state funds for private gain, and more - has been added. 

First Published in 2007. Revised Edition: May 2018, 768 pages with 242 b/w & 53 colour photos, maps, intel reports, certificates. 

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J.N.
This is an excellent book!

A writer of a book covering more than 700 pages will, if not telling the truth, somewhere between page 1 and 700 make a mistake, or more. Eeben consistently sticks to his story.
‘Executive Outcomes – Against all Odds’ is jam packed with action, suspense, surprises and humour. It is my impression that the writer’s biggest challenge was not a physical one on the battlefield, but rather one with integrity and merit. Throughout the book, Eeben struggled with the difference between right and wrong, who are his friends and who are foe, when to accept and when to reject.
The writers love for his country and the people of South Africa comes out clearly in the book. I am truly impressed that he never ever let his employees down – not even when offered a bribe of US$20 million. The skilled and courageous manner in which the EO members performed in foreign countries showed that the defence force of old still had lots of fighting spirit and energy.
In closing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, although it was mostly a roller-coaster of frustration, anger and helplessness to read how the people of Africa are the victims of the greed, selfishness and stupidity of the politicians, powerful states and international criminals.

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S.C.
Gripping and insightful

A bnilliaut and well documented narrative.

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P.P.
5/5

Vyfster ...Baie dankie

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J.L.
One of the best books I have read on African Warefare

Excellent book - once again Eeben has produced a masterpiece

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B.B.
Worthwhile read

I have the original edition of this title, but after reading this edition I'm very glad I bought it. The new and updated information makes this book worthwhile for any person interested in EO, even for those who own the original title. The revelations made in this book are quite interesting and eye opening. I really enjoyed this edition and I'm proud to have it in my collection.