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The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Tradeby Andrew Feinstein
Soon to be a Major PBS Documentary Event
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/i>/i>/b>
Soon to be a Major PBS Documentary Event
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 democracy.
Pulling 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 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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“A devastating and scrupulously documented account of the greed, venality, and rampant corruption pervading the global arms trade...A brilliant and massively important book.” Andrew J. Bacevich, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), and author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War
“Feinstein writes with a crusading spirit and a depth of detail that lend The Shadow World urgency and authority….A comprehensive treatment of the arms trade, possibly the most complete account that has ever been written.” The Washington Post
“Feinstein makes his case with an impressive amount of detailed research and a gift for narrative that make his findings hard to dismiss.” Foreign Affairs
“An eye-opener…Everyone would do well to read this book and self-educate on what this world is all about, and then take some action in the voting booth....Tremendous.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Gripping… Feinstein has succeeded in writing a book that analyses the international arms market with a level of detail and a degree of referencing that may well be uniquewhat you rarely find in a book aimed at a wide readership… it is a singularly powerful study, and deserves to be ready by anyone who wants to see light shining on such a shadowy world… Impressive.” Paul Rogers, The Independent (London)
“There is enough in Feinstein's book for a dozen film pitches. Bizarre characters leap from the page…. Remarkable and courageous… A heroic book by an author who, in writing it, has placed himself in the firing line.” The Sunday Herald (Scotland)
“I initially expected that the title The Shadow World was hyperbolic. It is not. What Feinstein describes is the underbelly of globalization… The facts are so astonishing that they speak for themselves.” Alex de Waal, Times Literary Supplement (United Kingdom)
“A highly pertinent, deeply damning indictment of the flourishing of the world's ‘second oldest profession'….Feinstein's book is sound, timely, and invaluable. Diligent readers will be rewarded.” Kirkus (starred review)
“The Shadow World peels back the veil of secrecy behind which the global arms trade undermines accountable democracy, socioeconomic development, and human rights, causing suffering across the world… This book is essential reading 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
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Meet the Author
Andrew Feinstein is the author of After the Party, a political memoir. He is currently an Open Society Institute Fellow and the founding codirector of Corruption Watch in London.
Andrew Feinstein is the author of After the Party, a political memoir. He is currently an Open Society Institute Fellow and the founding co-director of Corruption Watch in London.
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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
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.
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.