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On today’s high-tech battlefields, the most lethal weapons are not the big ones, but rather the ones that are small enough to be smuggled inside a pack of chewing gum: microchips, gyroscopes, radar-cloaking, and night-vision technology. Developed and manufactured in the United States at extraordinary cost, these tiny weapons of war—which can guide missiles, see through walls, and trigger anything from a wireless IED to a nuclear weapon—are what currently give the United States its military advantage. Unfortunately, they are increasingly being discovered in the hands of our enemies.

In Operation Shakespeare, Pulitzer Prize finalist John Shiffman tells the true story of an elaborate sting operation launched by an elite Homeland Security team that was created to stop Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea from stealing US military technology. The sting, codenamed Operation Shakespeare to disguise its true nature, targets an Iranian arms broker who works on behalf of Tehran. Over the course of three years, the American agents go undercover to outwit not only the Iranian, but US defense contractors and bankers willing to put profit over national security. The chase moves around the world, from Philadelphia to Shiraz, London to Dubai, Beverly Hills to Tbilisi. A mysterious British informant helps the US team lure the Iranian to a former Soviet republic. The Iranian walks into the sting carrying a laptop containing a road map to Tehran’s secret military plans. As the United States tries to bring the Iranian to justice, his own government plots to assassinate him, fearful of what he might reveal.

More than a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase, Operation Shakespeare opens our eyes to a vast secret war the United States is waging across the globe. How does rocket guidance technology that is manufactured in California wind up in the hands of terrorists in Lebanon? How do IED triggers travel from the factories of Arizona to insurgents on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan? In addition to answering questions like these, Operation Shakespeare reveals how many of the world’s biggest banks have systematically helped enemy states conceal trillions of dollars’ worth of wire transactions over the past decades. Shiffman also bares others who put profits over US troops, including a major corporation that hands night vision secrets to China and an American scientist who helps Beijing develop stealth technology.

Tenacious, richly detailed, and boasting unprecedented access to both the Iranian broker and the US agents who caught him, Operation Shakespeare combines the rigor of the best investigative journalism with the drama of Homeland. The result is a fast-paced, masterful account of a little-explored front in the national security wars: the covert struggle to preserve American military supremacy and protect US troops.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pulitzer Prize finalist and author John Shiffman has penetrated [these] secrets to bring back the character-driven story of these national security operations. A gripping, far-ranging account of the tireless undercover efforts to save soldiers, sailors, and other citizens.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Heart-pounding…So mesmerizing I couldn’t put it down…This book stuns.”

    Providence Journal

  • “A tale that seems almost ready-made for Hollywood…A cross between a great detective story and an intricate spy yarn from John le Carré, with a cast of burly American agents, slippery international arms dealers, and an Iranian agent.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “One might think that curbing the smuggling of weapons to America’s enemies would be a significant priority for the US government. One would be wrong.”

    New York Post

  • “Vivid…An impressive and important work…Shiffman illuminates the network of smugglers, brokers, governments, and corporations that facilitates the illegal sale and shipment of sensitive American military technologies to foreign enemies…The book has the glamour of a spy novel and the gravity of a meticulously researched exposé.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Exciting and eye-opening…A character-driven symphony of moving parts, with fascinating personalities.”

    Publisher’s Weekly

  • “A well-organized, troubling exposé.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Shiffman gives listeners a lot of background information on the way stings and illegal activities work, and narrator David Drummond clearly delivers the details. But the duo is at their best when the narrative turn to the players. At first, the operation moves slowly as the agents set up the Iranian dealer. By the end of the sting, the drama comes on full bore, all the more so for being built on real-life characters. Drummond’s voice work builds as well, adding more tension as the operation progresses.”


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