• The Shadow World

  • Inside the Global Arms Trade
  • By: Andrew Feinstein
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-15-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The downloadable audiobook edition of Andrew Feinstein's powerful exposé, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, complete and unabridged and read by the actor Gildart Jackson. Pulling back the curtain on the secretive world of the global arms trade, Andrew Feinstein reveals the corruption and the cover-ups behind weapons deals ranging from the largest in history - between the British and Saudi governments - to BAE's controversial transactions in South Africa, Tanzania and eastern Europe, and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex. 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 shocking and inextricable links between the two. The Shadow World places us in the midst of the arms trade's dramatic wheeling and dealing, ranging from corporate boardrooms to seedy out-of-the-way hotels via far-flung offshore havens, and reveals the profound danger this network represents to all of us.
©2011 Andrew Feinstein (P)2011 Penguin Books Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Andrew Feinstein has written an authoritative guide to the business of war. Chilling, heartbreaking and enraging." (Arundhati Roy)
"Essential 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)
"A devastating and scrupulously documented account of the greed, venality, and rampant corruption pervading the global arms trade." (Andrew J. Bacevich, retired colonel, US Army, and author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 05-19-16

The Arms Industry Revealed

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hika on 12-22-11

Where your tax money goes...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

It names names, dates, and places.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 04-19-12

Shining a light

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S.MURPHY on 06-12-17

An extremely important book

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By steve on 10-29-17

Excellent in depth book.

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JOHN W on 06-23-16


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.

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