Outlaws Inc.: Under the Radar and on the Black Market with the World's Most Dangerous Smugglers

Outlaws Inc.: Under the Radar and on the Black Market with the World's Most Dangerous Smugglers

by Matt Potter
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Outlaws Inc.: Under the Radar and on the Black Market with the World's Most Dangerous Smugglers by Matt Potter

This riveting account reveals the secret corners of our supposedly flat world: black markets where governments are never seen but still spend outrageous amounts of money. Journalist Matt Potter tells the story of Yuri and his crew, a gang of Russian military men who, after the collapse of the Soviet Union found themselves without work or prospects. So they bought a decommissioned Soviet plane-at liquidation prices, straight from the Russian government-and started a shipping business. It wasn't long before Yuri, and many pilots like him, found themselves an unlikely (and ethically dubious) hub of global trading. Men like these are paid by the U.S., the Taliban, and blue-chip multinational companies to bring supplies- some legal, some not-across dangerous borders.
In a feat of daring reportage, Potter gets onto the flight deck with these outlaws and tells the story of their fearless missions. Dodging gunfire, Potter is taken from place to place by men trafficking everything from illicit weapons to emergency aid, making enemies everywhere but no reliable friends. As the world changes, we see the options for the crew first explode, then slowly diminish, until, in a desperate maneuver, they move their operations to the most lawless corners of Africa, where they operate to this day.
The story of these outlaws is a microcosm of the world since the end of the cold war: secret contracts, guerrilla foreign policy, and conflicts too thorny to be handled in public. Potter uses the story of these men to articulate an underground history of the globalized world. At once thrilling, provocative, and morally circumspect, this book is a must-read for anyone with an interest in espionage, or in how the world works today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608195305
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Matt Potter is a journalist, editor and broadcaster. He has reported for BBC Radio from Eastern Europe, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia, and co-presented Radio 1's award-winning global travel shows. As a journalist, his nose for the unusual has seen his writing appear in places as diverse as the Daily Telegraph, Golf Monthly, Esquire, Sunday Telegraph, Jack, Maxim, the Irish Examiner and Q, and his stories on cocaine trafficking in Latin America have been published in Russian, Spanish and English. As a journalist in Belgrade, he broke the story of the NATO 'spy' giving away secrets to Serb forces on the web. He speaks a handful of languages but attempts to speak at least twenty more. Matt is 39 and lives in London.

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The Outlaws Inc.: Under the Radar and on the Black Market with the World's Most Dangerous Smugglers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could have been exciting - instead it circles its point for 300 pages. It is basically the same information presented over and over, with about 5 interesting vignettes in the entire book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
None lethal weapons and no killing. The environment: Simple empty market area
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A boxing ring for those who wish to get out some pent up anger towards certain individuals.
uncle_phred More than 1 year ago
I read this book waiting in the shade while watching colorful Il-76s land in an ugly, dusty place. I enjoyed it but found it was somewhat plodding at times. Although informationally useful, it would've been a more enjoyable read with better character development, including the author, and the inclusion of more anecdotes, better fleshed out. Still, I greatly appreciate Mr. Potter's efforts in terms of explaining the origins and operations behind these amazing airplanes and their crews.
SandstedtTheSwede More than 1 year ago
This is somewhat of a link between the whole spy and mercenaries worlds that imho has not been covered, and I found it all the more interesting for that, some pretty mindblowing discoveries in these pages, for instance the way charities and the US govt seem to be turning a blind eye to the arms smuggling trade and even use it to their own nefarious ends. Investigation pure and simple with evidence and adventureWhat can I say read the book and judge for yourself