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Merchant of Death : Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible

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Respected journalists Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun tell the incredible story of Viktor Bout, the Russian weapons supplier whose global network has changed the way modern warfare is fought. Bout's vast enterprise of guns, planes, and money has fueled internecine slaughter in Africa and aided both militant Islamic fanatics in Afghanistan and the American military in Iraq.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 22mm | 412g
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 047026196X
  • 9780470261965
  • 155,364

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A Washington Post Best Book Of The Year

"A riveting investigation of the world's most notorious weapons dealer, Viktor Bout, whose post-Cold War arms network has stoked violence worldwide."
--THE WASHINGTON POST

"A page-turner that digs deep into the amazing, murky story of Viktor Bout. Farah and Braun have exposed the inner workings of one of the world's most secretive businesses--the international arms trade."
--Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know

"Braun and Farah have crafted an impressive and damning dossier on this mysterious figure, a raw capitalist at work in an anarchical world."
--Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah

"Viktor Bout is like Osama bin Laden: a major target of U.S. intelligence officials who time and again gets away. Farah and Braun have skillfully documented how this notorious arms dealer has stoked violence around the world and thwarted international sanctions. . . . A truly impressive piece of investigative reporting."
--Michael Isikoff, coauthor of Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

Respected journalists Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun tell the incredible story of Viktor Bout, the Russian weapons supplier whose global network has changed the way modern warfare is fought. Bout's vast enterprise of guns, planes, and money has fueled internecine slaughter in Africa and aided both militant Islamic fanatics in Afghanistan and the American military in Iraq. Combining spy thrills with crucial insights on the shortcomings of a U.S. foreign policy that fails to confront the lucrative and lethal arms trade that erodes global security, they show how Bout has successfully skirted every attempt to undo his enterprise and flourishes, while the world's premier intelligence services have largely given up the chase.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments. Prologue. 1. The Delivery Man. 2. Planes, Guns, and Money. 3. A Dangerous Business. 4. Continental Collapse. 5. At a Crossroads. 6. The Chase Begins. 7. The Taliban Connection. 8. Black Charters. 9. Gunships and Titanium. 10. "Get Me a Warrant". 11. Now or Never. 12. "We Are Very Limited in What We Can Do". 13. Welcome to Baghdad. 14. Blacklisted and Still Flying. Epilogue. Notes. Index.
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Review Text

"An excellent book on Bout, Merchant of Death...detailed his extraordinary life." (Waugh.Standard.co.uk, December 23rd 2008)
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About Douglas Farah

Douglas Farah is the former West African bureau chief of the Washington Post, and the author of Blood from Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror. STEPHEN BRAUN is a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
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455 ratings
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Our customer reviews

Great book! When I bought it, Victor Bout was still on the loose but (although I don't know if they have updated the book to include his detention and likely extradition) I can say that the book provides a clear account of Bout's deeds. With it, you'll witness how a man created pipelines for his weapons to reach every conflict in the world (and most important how he did it and with whose assistance). I most absolutely recommend it!show more
by Daniel Salvador
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