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Nobody needs to read this book to know the military industrial complex's of the US, UK, China, Russia, and Israel are out of control. What this book does is cronicle the outrages, and there are many by many. Obviously a tremendous amount of research has been done here. The author covers all the major players in the weapons game, and many of the smaller ones. Anyone who wonders why the US spends almost %5 GNP on the military, or how cost overuns work in the manufacturers favor, or what the real effect military programs have on job creation, needs to listen to this book. The level of legal bribery of US politicians by the military industrial complex is very depressing. The author digs the dirt on pretty much every country that buys and sells munitions...and its a really dirty business. An almost overwhelming (the corruption is for sure) amount of information, from coldwar manipulations of the soviet threat for the purposes of promoting weapon systems (a sales strategy that is used to present day) , to Iran-Contra, to the current Obama administration. Everything you wanted to know about the global arms trade but were afraid to ask....be very afaid.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Quite revealing expose of the disgraceful world where world powers make profits and poor people are massacred.No world power can hold up its head,they are all shameful.An excellent book,well read and presented.
I saw this book pretty much the month it was published last year.So what do you get?A short history of the arms trade then a more detailed examination of the major deals-Iran Contra Sierra Leone and the biggest one the Bae Saudi deal £43 billion that got the last government into so much troubleAll the
major governments Britain,Russia The US seem keen to promote arms sales but what exactly happens when the arms are used?
Along the way there is a large collection of brokers dealers agents and middlemen and even a British
Royal.You get the feeling the author has waded through pages of documents and reports to compile his
devasting dossierBut its his experience as a member of the South African government asking awkward
questions about their own arms deal that really lifts it from a journalistic expose to an insiders view and the relationship between politicians the military and defence contractors is very well explained
Coming in at 25hours a day of my life i did wilt a bit by third section but hang on for the final part it
brings things up to date with Iraq and Libya and has some great quotations from the us military
I have only a slight hesitation at the length but it is worth it in my opinionI am listening to it again and
enjoying it.Plus the reading is excellentYou will learn a lot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Meticulously researched, over a whole range of geopolitical subjects.
I would urge anyone interested in politics , or indeed the well-being of humanity to read / listen to this book. It's so much more than just about the horror and corruption of the arms trade. It explains how corrosive it is to democracy and the judiciary in the west and to development in third world countries.
It also comprehensively shoots down the business argument- there is enormous waste and poor value for money in this massively subsidised industry. At times it reads like a novel . It is a book I imagine a lot of world leaders would rather didn't exist. All the more reason to read or listen to it
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book is an exposure of recent arms deals involving widespread corruption and bribery and the governance systems that are complicit in covering up and actively promoting these deals.
The amounts of money involved are staggering and the corresponding horror and misery is just as vast. The author really communicates the scale and corruption of the industry in a very detailed and sober way, showing the effects on western democracies as well as less developed countries with large sections on Saudi, British and American involvement and the chaos and emiseration in Africa as well as smaller sections on Israel and the Middle East and western and eastern Europe.
If this was a work of fiction it would be derided as far fetched, however it is true and the level of detail by Feinstein will leave you shaking your head in amazement at what constitutes the Shadow World of arms dealing.