Making a Killing: How and why corporations use armed force to do business

published by Random House Canada, 2003,
and The Lyons Press US, 2004.

Long before private military companies hit the headlines for their activities in Iraq, they were perfecting their business plans in Africa. This book looks at where they fit in the long history of the corporate use armed force, starting with Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company and continuing today.


  • Cecil Rhodes and the British South Africa Company
  • King Leopold and the Rubber Companies
  • Sir Percy and the Diamond King
  • Union Miniere in Katanga
  • Lonrho in Mozambique
  • Shell in Nigeria
  • Ranger Oil in Angola
  • Rakesh Saxena in Sierra Leone
  • Talisman in Sudan
  • Salim Saleh in the Congo
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Training Workshop

Michael Rose, Prangtip Daorueng, Madelaine Drohan
Thailand 2006

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July 2009