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It s a remarkable investigation in all corners of the world, where the stories often overshadow Hollywood Yet the author s voice is carefully tuned, without any sensationalism It s very well written, really recommend A panoramic view of the shady world of Arms trade What really impressed me was the candour with which the author dissected both the Developed and the undeveloped countries He took no prisoners and was not shy to name names of the big players It has become clear to me how much dependence is placed on arms industry by the Western countries They are desperate to keep investing this bottomless industry in the name of national security for the immense profit of a select few It is also frightenin A panoramic view of the shady world of Arms trade What really impressed me was the candour with which the author dissected both the Developed and the undeveloped countries He took no prisoners and was not shy to name names of the big players It has become clear to me how much dependence is placed on arms industry by the Western countries They are desperate to keep investing this bottomless industry in the name of national security for the immense profit of a select few It is also frightening to read about the state of some dysfunctional African nations where bullets and guns have become the currency of choice It almost gave me a sci fi movie image when I read about the way Israel was planning to use drones to shoot anything getting close to its wall with Palestine The book is a must read for anyone interested in politics It will explain how inter country relationships work and when they don t work Why certain dictators become acceptable leaders and others are considered as pariahs How governments use our money to invest into defence projects which were never meant to work #Free Book ó The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade ¹ The Shadow World is the harrowing behind the scenes tale of the global arms trade, revealing the deadly collusion that all too often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracyPulling back the curtain on this secretive world, Andrew Feinstein reveals the corruption and the cover ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history between the British and Saudi governments to the guns for diamonds deals in Africa and the imminentbillion US weapons contract with Saudi Arabia He exposes in forensic detail both the formal government to government trade in arms and the shadow world of illicit weapons dealing, and lays bare the shockingly frequent links between the two Drawing on his experience as a member of the African National Congress who resigned when the ANC refused to launch a corruption investigation into a major South African arms deal, Feinstein illuminates the impact this network has not only on conflicts around the world but also on the democratic institutions of the United States and the United KingdomBased on pathbreaking reporting and unprecedented access to top secret information and major players in this clandestine realm, The Shadow World places us in the midst of the arms trade s dramatic wheeling and dealing from corporate boardrooms to seedy out of the way hotels and reveals the profound danger and enormous financial cost this network represents to all of us One reads about the wilfully ignorant in the world who allow human driven climate change to proceed unabated Such people are unintentionally evil and spectacularly dim But this book This is a catalogue of dealings of actively malevolent people People who facilitate the deaths of hundreds of thousands millions, even All in the name of capitalist avarice It makes apparent precisely how corrupt the already infamous military industrial complex as the author points out, it should bea One reads about the wilfully ignorant in the world who allow human driven climate change to proceed unabated Such people are unintentionally evil and spectacularly dim But this book This is a catalogue of dealings of actively malevolent people People who facilitate the deaths of hundreds of thousands millions, even All in the name of capitalist avarice It makes apparent precisely how corrupt the already infamous military industrial complex as the author points out, it should beappropriately called the military industrial congressional complex that underpins american politics is.It sheds light on what a c nt Margaret Thatcher really was But most people likely already assumed that More interestingly the author also shows the fetid underbellies of a number of other politicians who have, for the most part, managed to appear pure and clean to the general populace It is a terrifying book Quite dry and tedious for some to read, no doubt But worth slogging through to raise one s consciousness about the worst human wrought atrocities in the world and how they are promoted This book starts well and then gets bogged down I still gave it four stars because of the content It is a depressing indictment on our role in the world s violence with nation states being the largest contributors to world violence through the sale of arms The UK is the second largest exporter of arms larger than Russia, France or China with two thirds of the arms going to the Middle East Only the US is a larger exporter of arms Depressing and I wish it was just a thriller that I could cl This book starts well and then gets bogged down I still gave it four stars because of the content It is a depressing indictment on our role in the world s violence with nation states being the largest contributors to world violence through the sale of arms The UK is the second largest exporter of arms larger than Russia, France or China with two thirds of the arms going to the Middle East Only the US is a larger exporter of arms Depressing and I wish it was just a thriller that I could close and forget about Unfortunately, it is real life and it is happening all around us Consume in small doses but don t forget to try it An incredibly long and detailed history that proves how horrifically corrupt and corrupting the arms trade is and not only the illegal arms trade Fascinating, but also very, very long Man did I need somethingpositive and less horrifyingly depressing and awful after this, luckily my next audiobook was Utopia for Realists. This really functions as a very detailed primer on the world s unofficial criminal arms trade If you want to learn about the large structures of the world s illegal arms trade, this is the place to start.Heavy on detail, as others have commented, but that s necessary, I think, to give a good initial introduction to the student of these dark arts Maybe 1 3 of the book deals with Saudi Arabia, which is probably appropriate I was entertained, somewhat educated quickly forgot a lot of the de This really functions as a very detailed primer on the world s unofficial criminal arms trade If you want to learn about the large structures of the world s illegal arms trade, this is the place to start.Heavy on detail, as others have commented, but that s necessary, I think, to give a good initial introduction to the student of these dark arts Maybe 1 3 of the book deals with Saudi Arabia, which is probably appropriate I was entertained, somewhat educated quickly forgot a lot of the details and, at times, shocked Interesting and well researched but quite dry Exposing the shady international trade can be quite exciting or like this, just a long monolog of names, places, quantities with little historical background. In summer 2011, having become convinced that the machinations of what Dwight Eisenhower called the military industrial complex represents one of the most serious threats to peace and freedom everywhere, I set about trying to find a book on it Nothing really seemed to deal with that subject directly, although there were books on particular weapons, wars, and companies Then I found The Shadow World by Andrew Feinstein it looked like a close fit As for being up to date, it was not even yet pu In summer 2011, having become convinced that the machinations of what Dwight Eisenhower called the military industrial complex represents one of the most serious threats to peace and freedom everywhere, I set about trying to find a book on it Nothing really seemed to deal with that subject directly, although there were books on particular weapons, wars, and companies Then I found The Shadow World by Andrew Feinstein it looked like a close fit As for being up to date, it was not even yet published I had to preorder it.So I did The book duly arrived in November, and I started reading it in December One thing that impressed me off the bat was an endorsement on the back cover by Desmond Tutu How did he get that I wondered Because I removed the dust jacket without reading the flap blurb, I had to wait until about 100 pages into the book to learn that Mr Feinstein had been a member of the African National Congress and a Member of Parliament for South Africa In that capacity he had had occasion to investigate improprieties in arms deals there, and became something of an expert on the topic, as well as a passionate critic of the arms trade generally.Over the following 10 years or so Mr Feinstein, with the help of a research team, dug into the arms business from multiple angles its history, its leading suppliers, its personalities, specific arms deals large and small, government involvement, notable attempted prosecutions and some of its key outputs body counts, forced migrations, perpetual political instability, and widespread impoverishment.Aristophanes satirized how the sword and shield makers of ancient Athens were militant and pro war and that phenomenon has not changed in any way except scale The makers of weapons are now some of the world s biggest corporations, like Lockheed Martin and BAE, and they want and need to sell their products The best time to do this is when weapons are being consumed in armed conflict And some of their key salespeople are their own governments.It s very hard to find anything good to say about the industry and I shrink from using the word industry because to me this suggests some kind of legitimate competitive business that produces things for which there is a real public demand But Mr Feinstein shows how this is very far from being the case here The industry as a whole is deeply corrupt, root and branch Large weapons makers spend years bribing whole parliaments into buying their systems, one representative at a time Senior ministers and heads of state are often on the payroll For a multi billion dollar weapons deal to a developing country like Saudi Arabia, 30% of the total will be bribes MaybeMost of these activities are, to be sure, illegal But weapons makers operate under the special protection of their governments, and even in those rare cases when prosecutions are undertaken by zealous bureaucrats, they are generally scotched by the governing executive.In the United States, the weapons capital of the universe, the military industrial complex has expanded into what is known as the military industrial congressional complex MICC an intricate, self lubricating clockwork of congressional pork, campaign contributions , cost plus noncompetitive contracts, and revolving door career switches between the Pentagon, the White House, and military contractors The dollar figures involved are stupendous It is a juggernaut.The very complexity of this shadow world and its many effects make it difficult to organize an account of it, and in reading I felt a little bit as though I was being shown many sides of this business, but without a single overarching point being developed, other than, this is bad I also felt I was at times being patronized by the author by his reliance on value charged modifiers Flipping the book open at random, on page 194 I see that in an account about payoffs to a Tanzanian government minister, the author says, Displaying remarkable insensitivity, Chenge referred to the money in his account 1.2 million as pocket change This reader did not need his attention drawn to the minister s insensitivity Another example from page 105 None of the parties to the IBC agreement knew how to organize money transfers in a way that would obscure the origins of their ill gotten gains Here again, the term ill gotten felt like an effort to make sure I understood that what these guys were doing was wrong There are manyexamples throughout the book.However, these reservations aside, I feel that this book is a great service to humanity, and we owe the author a debt There is a wealth of carefully documented evidence here of how the arms industry works at all levels and in almost all places The ills that result are many and large Mr Feinstein s passion and disgust are amply justified We should bear in mind that when we hear people justifying these activities and these transactions, those doing the justifying are mostly receiving large often extremely large cash payments from those very transactions.Think about it This is a formidable account of the global arms trade It s not a pretty picture It s laden with corruption and shoddy characters making millions of dollars Hardly any of them pose the moral question why am I doing this What is the purpose of all these deals for faster jets and small arms that number in the hundreds of thousands The money and the killing fields are ever expanding.It s all outlined, in sometimes excruciating detail, in Andrew Feinstein s book The United States is selling, This is a formidable account of the global arms trade It s not a pretty picture It s laden with corruption and shoddy characters making millions of dollars Hardly any of them pose the moral question why am I doing this What is the purpose of all these deals for faster jets and small arms that number in the hundreds of thousands The money and the killing fields are ever expanding.It s all outlined, in sometimes excruciating detail, in Andrew Feinstein s book The United States is selling, by the dozens, high tech jets to Saudi Arabia the richest authoritarian country on the planet Saddam died a few years ago what do they need so many for It s almost like these immoral states Saudi Arabia, Libya are collectors lining up their tanks, planes, artillery for an impressive show.The sordidness of all these transaction sales are given in detail for instance purportedly Poland sells weapons to Latvia, some end up there and the rest are re routed to Somalia And this is a simple outline As Mr Feinstein well illustrates any weapons deal implicates bribes in the millions of dollars it s the standard protocol.I worked for a medium sized company and after SOX auditing was introduced, any code changes to the accounting systems no matter how insignificant had to be signed off by managers, accountants I learnt from this book that the Pentagon, which deals in billions of dollars, has not been audited for twenty years The U.S has a parallel government running within Congress the Pentagon and the private companies supplying armaments that are not accountable to the taxpayer Billions of dollars are spent and wasted in this self perpetuating cycle which is corroding democracy in the U.S and by extension the rest of the world Abundant examples are provided by Mr Feinstein of the armaments industry corrupting government decisions It was also interesting to read that whereas the ratio of contractors to U.S military personnel in the Second World War was 1 7 one contractor to seven soldiers and in Vietnam 1 6 there are now in Iraq Afghanistan 1.18 contractors per U.S soldier The payment of these contracting companies is constantly increasing and their actions unaccountable.This is an engrossing book I did find that Mr Feinstein overrates the role of the U.S and Charlie Wilson in the downfall of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan It was Pakistan s I.S.I and the Saudi s who provided men and money to defeat the Soviet forces The I.S.I controlled all the movement of men and supplies weapons across the Pakistan Afghanistan border I would also have liked to learnabout land mines which as far as I know can be active for several years.Mr Feinstein describes how Africa has become decimated by arms dealers The less government or thea state borders on failing thethese dealers can run amuck There is no morality in selling arms to Africa The deals can be barter for diamonds or oil or minerals like coltan in the Congo This book provides us a horrendous view of this amoral 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