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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Feinstein Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781452675107
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Pulling back the curtain on the secretive world of the global arms trade, Andrew Feinstein reveals the corruption and the cover-ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history—between the British and Saudi governments—to the guns-for-diamonds deals in Africa and the imminent $60 billion U.S. weapons contract with Saudi Arabia. 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 shockingly frequent links between the two. Drawing on his experience as a member of the African National Congress who resigned when the ANC refused to launch a corruption investigation into a major South African arms deal, Feinstein illuminates the impact this network has not only on conflicts around the world but also on the democratic institutions of the United States and the United Kingdom.Based on pathbreaking reporting and unprecedented access to top-secret information and major players in this clandestine realm, The Shadow World places us in the midst of the arms trade's dramatic wheeling and dealing—from corporate boardrooms to seedy out-of-the-way hotels—and reveals the profound danger and enormous financial cost this network represents to all of us. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This book is essential [listening] 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
  • “This book is essential reading 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

  • “[Feinstein] writes with a crusading spirit and a depth of detail that lend The Shadow World urgency and authority. Many of the sensational stories he tells have earned attention before, but he adds depth and shows how often patterns repeat…A comprehensive treatment of the arms trade, possibly the most complete account that has ever been written.”

    Washington Post

  • “Feinstein’s book is sound, timely, and invaluable. Diligent readers will be rewarded.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BAKU | 7/31/2013

    " This should be half as long and written by someone else, but it does contain some interesting information. Skipped over section 3 mostly. ( I was thinking of writing about the arms trade in 2000 or so ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Meissner | 5/10/2013

    " Randomly picked up this audio book for the drive home and wow, quite an eye opener! Had no idea some of these things were going on! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Moskalyuk | 12/4/2012

    " The language is a bit dry, and there's a lot of pasting from other resources, but overall the book provides a good overview of global arms trade market, major players and agents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 7/28/2012

    " Fascinating introduction to one of the world's largest yet least understood industries. Feinstein balances pathos, especially for his native Africa, with extremely detailed research. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 7/7/2012

    " Very interesting book overall but I think it could have been half as long. At times it seemed it was more a witch hunt against BAE, perhaps a bit too biased in that respect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 5/4/2012

    " Fascinating, methodical, and extremely difficult at times, The Shadow World opens the light on just how far reaching and devastating the gloabl arms trade is. An important book to say the least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malrubius | 12/29/2011

    " Audiobook. Absolutely incredible. Amazing depth and breadth of research. Covers everything from Saudi Arabia's US and UK conlonies to the diamond mines of Sierra Leonne ot the Balkans war. The truth is more corrupt and immoral than fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Wright | 12/15/2011

    " Long and written much like a textbook. The references and re-hash throughout could have been reduced. Detail, citations and material was great. "

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