His book the modern mercenary so worth try and especially the subset of international private security companies into a larger his torical context it is an industry that has fea tured in the headlines for the past ten years for private armies and what they mean for world order by sean mcfate oxford university press 2015 272 pps 978 . On september 14 2015 the institute of world politics welcomed dr sean mcfate for a lecture on his recently published book the modern mercenary private armies and what they mean for world order. The modern mercenary private armies and what they mean for world orderby sean mcfateoxford university press 248 pages 2995 and 1999 buy from amazoncom amazoncouk in the pirate . Although i disagree with many of mr mcfates assumptions i really enjoyed this book he tackles some really big and important topics from an historical and philosophical perspective the modern mercenary private armies and what they mean for world really shines in that it provides a late modern history of private armies. Private military enterprises as described by mcfate seem to be more responsible actors than mercenaries but that depends on who they are responsible towards and what that responsibility entails they will only work with responsible governments if those governments are good and reliable customers
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