The Shadow World

  • by Andrew Feinstein
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 25 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Michael

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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- Mr SA Lambe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd