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The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    A must-read exposé

    This book brings together the bits and pieces that came to light over the years to shed light on the appalling behind-the-scenes dealings in the arms trade. It's just sad to see how much companies and governments are willing to turn blind eyes to - corruption, impact on developing countries and the resulting devastation - in the name of profit. Also, Mr. Feinstein, not being an American, brings a different perspective on this massive issue, which is always interesting to read.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Feinstein is fearless in documenting the corruption and corrosiv

    Feinstein is fearless in documenting the corruption and corrosiveness within the global arms market. I applaud him for gathering this five-star research and documenting it so thoroughly. My only criticism is that the material is so dense that it reads like a legal brief. I figure the reason is to protect Feinstein from any hints of a libel lawsuit, especially since he resides in England where the laws are far harsher than in the States. And considering the book focuses on some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world (and it goes without saying, who are also really well armed), Feinstein is smart to back up his criticism with a good heaping of documented facts. Still, I felt much of the research could’ve been relegated to footnotes in order for the book to be more accessible.




    The majority of the book focuses on the corruption within the Al Yamamah oil-for-arms deal, along with the private payouts and slush funds for the well-connected British and Saudis involved in it. Likewise Feinstein documents BAE’s corruption and willingness to look the other way for a bigger payoff. My biggest fear is many readers will be put off by the density of the material, since this subject is ripe for further investigation. Hopefully, Feinstein will continue his research and next time whittle down the contents into a more manageable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Frightening

    Well written. Extremely well researched. Strikes fear when you see how the highest level of the United States government is for sale by Republicans to characters straigt out of the movie The Odessa File . The military industrial complex as embedded in this country

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