The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

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Pulling back the curtain on the secretive world of the global arms trade, 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 imminent $60 billion U.S. 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 ...
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Overview

Pulling back the curtain on the secretive world of the global arms trade, 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 imminent $60 billion U.S. 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 Kingdom.

Based 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.

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Editorial Reviews

John Tirman
That the world is awash in weapons is not news. But the way weapons large and small flow from the United States, Britain and other producers to the world's villains is ever astonishing. In The Shadow World, Andrew Feinstein gives us a sweeping and troubling story of how this happens, who benefits, and what consequences follow…Feinstein…writes with a crusading spirit and a depth of detail that lend The Shadow World urgency and authority. Many of the sensational stories he tells have earned attention before, but he adds depth and shows how often patterns repeat.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
With defense budgets soaring, the human cost of military expenditures is becoming disturbingly apparent. Feinstein's latest is an attempt to expose the corruption of the defense industry and the global arms trade, centered around British company BAE Systems and American defense contractor Lockheed Martin. One of the founding codirectors of London-based CorruptionWatch, Feinstein (After the Party) examines historical factors in the industry, from post-WWII Nazi arms-dealers to the impact on trade of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Through investigative transcripts, Feinstein illuminates strained international relations, government commissions, and trade complexities. He outlines business secrets and political pressures, as well as ongoing efforts to quell "the systemic 'legal bribery' that is the US arms business." Feinstein proffers some potentially effective but perhaps overly optimistic solutions, such as greater transparency and harsher sanctions. Immensely detailed and informative, Feinstein's timely book is engaging and challenging.
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From the Publisher
"This book is essential [listening] for anyone who cares about justice, transparency, and accountability in both the public and private spheres, and for anyone who believes that it is more important to invest in saving lives than in the machinery of death." —-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Library Journal
Feinstein profiles the global arms trade, which embraces above-board government-to-government arms trade, illicit arms dealing, and the shady relationship between the two. His credentials? He resigned from the African National Congress when it refused to investigate suspect South African arms deals and is founding codirector of Corruption Watch—so he must be a busy man. Important enough to merit a one-day laydown.
Kirkus Reviews
A highly pertinent, deeply damning indictment of the flourishing of the world's "second-oldest profession." Global military expenditure was priced at $16.2 trillion in 2010--"$235 for every person on the planet," writes South African journalist and former ANC member of Parliament Feinstein (After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa's Uncertain Future, 2009). The trade in conventional arms, the legitimate tool of government (as opposed to weapons of mass destruction), engenders a secretive world, mainly due to enormous profits and the advance of nefarious political aims. The author focuses on the black market as well as the so-called grey market, where the government is involved "through legal channels, but undertaken covertly." He methodically examines the construction of the global military-industrial complex, including the breakup of the British arms trade after World War II, exemplified by British Aerospace's (now BAE Systems) courting of Saudi contracts, and the inroads of the Americans in the early '60s. After the war, the Americans had incorporated many key ex-Nazis into the West German intelligence service--e.g., Reinhard Gehlen and Gerhard Mertins, who secured beneficial arms deals for the U.S. and Germany. Feinstein looks closely at Margaret Thatcher and BA's deal with Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia in the mid '80s; and the pernicious legacy of Lockheed Martin and middlemen John Murtha, Charlie Wilson and Adnan Khashoggi. The author sees the collapse of the Soviet Union as key in changing the way arms dealers did business, since small, fractured states became the new clientele of rapacious dealers, from Croatia to Africa to Pakistan. He also provides portraits of the crusading investigators who have pursued these criminal cases--e.g., Helen Garlick of the UK's Serious Fraud Office. The detail is occasionally overwhelming, but Feinstein's book is sound, timely and invaluable. Diligent readers will be rewarded.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250013958
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 409,744
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Feinstein is the author of the political memoir After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa's Future.

With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. Other notable TV roles include Jackson Palmer on Providence and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital, and his theater roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Illustration Credits x

Dramatis Personae xi

Prologue xvii

Introduction xxii

Section I The Second-Oldest Profession

1 Sins of Commission 3

2 The Nazi Connection 19

Section II Nice Work If You Can Get It

3 The Saudi Connection 35

4 In Defence of Humanity 56

5 The Ultimate Deal or the Ultimate Crime? 74

6 Diamonds and Arms 98

7 Buckling to Bandar 127

8 And Justice for None? 154

Section III Business as Usual

9 Things Fall Apart-with Help from BAE 175

10 After the Capitalism BAE-Style 197

11 The Ultimate Cop-Out 225

Section IV The Arms Superpower

12 Legal Bribery 237

13 In the Name of Uncle Sam 262

14 Taking the Mickey, the Toilet Seat and the Hammer… in a Galaxy Far, Far Away 273

15 Illegal Bribery 305

16 Beyond Utopia, Hope? 330

17 America's Shop Window 373

18 Making a Killing: Iraq and Afghanistan 395

Section V The Killing Fields

19 Cry, the Beloved Continent 435

Section VI End Game

20 Bringing Peace to the World 501

21 Future Imperfect 523

Afterword to the Picador Edition 532

Acknowledgements 552

Notes and References 557

Index 667

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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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