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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

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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Where your tax money goes...

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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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It names names, dates, and places.

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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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  • Michael
  • 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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  • S.MURPHY
  • 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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  • Mr SA Lambe
  • 09-25-16

Devastating, detailed expose of the Arms Trade

This is an amazing listen, but not for the faint-hearted. It's a long and detailed book about the Arms Trade showing how the murky world of the illegal industry and the supposedly respectable arms industry - involving governments and major corporations - intersect. In particular, it exposes the corruption behind the market world leaders in this world - Lockheed-Martin and BAE systems. At every turn, attempts to bring these corporations to book have been thwarted, often by world leaders. One reviewer calls the book "academic". It isn't, it is long and detailed, however, and there's probably a shorter, harder hitting book in there somewhere. I'm glad, therefor, to see that this job will be done by a film due out in 2016.While his reading is not hugely expressive, hats off to Gildart Jackson for his clarity and stamina!

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  • JP_transactor
  • 05-26-17

Highly credible Author

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I know this author's history. He fought against apartheid when it was risky to do so. He then sacrificed a top position in the ANC (the movement that liberated South Africa from Apartheid) because he refused to turn a blind eye to its corruption. He is highly credible.

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  • dc
  • 02-22-16

Incredibly well researched and argued

One of the most informative books I have ever read. Andrew Feinstein seems like a throughly decent and honest man and it's a shame he's no longer a politician but excellent that he is able to shine a light on one of the most damage of political and industrial relationships.

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  • Isy
  • 08-31-12

Excellent book

An excellent inside information for the real compilation of facts. The actor that read the book is outstanding!!!

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  • steve
  • 08-12-13

What an eye-opener

I thought I was quite cynical about world affairs but even I was amazed at the cesspit of corruption and incompetence that this book reveals in detail. Well done the author for exposing this.

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  • zeeshan
  • 06-18-17

Enlightening

"Some people just want to watch the world burn"
Unfortunately they are the ones in power. They absolve themselves of all responsibility by victim blaming and their control of the press. The fact that the current economic system is built on war and will breakdown due to the lack of it, this is very unlikely going to stop in its own. Citizens of the world need to unite and put an end to this never ending cycle by spreading the knowledge and demanding what is right. No amount of economic activity justifies millions of dead people in the guise of national interest.

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  • Shuaib
  • 11-12-16

Very informative

I liked the book and learnt allot about the greed and hypocrisy by states and other non state actors that continue to cause mayhem across the world. The narrator is so good that he is even able to pronounce African names correctly which most people find difficult. So everything is five stars for me.

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  • Chris
  • 09-16-16

Very informative

At times long winded and hard to follow but very insightful. Gives a good broad overview. I want to applaud the author for taking on such a convoluted and I'm sure at times dangerous topic.

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  • steve
  • 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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  • JOHN W
  • 06-23-16

Incredible

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.