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  • Title: Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible
  • Author: Douglas Farah Stephen Braun
  • ISBN: 9780470048665
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Praise for Merchant of Death A riveting investigation of the world s most notorious arms dealer 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 L Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know Viktor Bout is like OPraise for Merchant of Death A riveting investigation of the world s most notorious arms dealer 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 L Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know 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 Even appalling, they show how Bout ended up getting millions of dollars in U.S government money to assist the war in Iraq 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 Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun are two of the toughest investigative reporters in the country This is an important book about a hidden world of gunrunning and profiteering in some of the world s poorest countries Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 In Merchant of Death, two of America s finest reporters have performed a major public service, turning over the right rocks that reveal the brutal international arms business at the dawn of the twenty first century In Viktor Bout, they have given us a new Lord of War, a man who knows no side but his own, and who has a knack for turning up in every war zone just in time to turn a profit As Farah and Braun uncover and document his troubling role in the Bush Administration s Global War on Terror, his ties to Washington almost seem inevitable James Risen, author of State of War The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration An extraordinary and timely piece of investigative reporting, Merchant of Death is also a vividly compelling read The true story of Viktor Bout, a sociopathic Russian gunrunner who has supplied weapons for use in some of the most gruesome conflicts of modern times and who can count amongst his clients both the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the U.S military in Iraq is a stomach churning indictment of the policy failures and moral contradictions of the world s most powerful governments, including that of the United States Jon Lee Anderson, author of The Fall of BaghdadTwo respected journalists 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 This book combines 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.
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    Commentaires:

    Patrick Mustafa
    The book has valuable information/data but is awfully written.

    Kathleen McRae
    This was a pretty dry read but interesting too

    Don
    Packed with facts, reasonably well put together, I found Douglas Farah’s and Stephen Braun’s recounting of an arms merchants career interesting, yet not a compelling read. In fact, I could not finish the epilogue. Now, it’s not poorly written; it’s very very dry. full of details, there is only a smattering a narrative here and there, reducing the book to a list of events, facts and historical references. That’s not a bad thing, just not my favorite read. Now, I have to admit, I learned [...]

    Justine
    I really rate this book more like a 2.5 stars. It is very factual--both on the black market trade as well as the politics of 20-21st century Africa. This makes it a bit dry at times, but that is what the book is supposed to be. Those that are looking for the action of the Nicholas Cage movie will be disappointed.It wasn't horrible, but I felt it was very skewed. I would have enjoyed it more except for the glaring fact that the United States was getting the majority of the blame for what Victor B [...]

    Rachel
    This book is a careful documentation of the world (mostly US) governmental pursuit of Viktor Bout over the last 10 years. It's not for everyone -- it reads more as a compilation of events than as a story, and is very detailed. But the authors have put some effort into making it readable, and the story itself is fascinating.Viktor Bout is the head of an international flight organization, which has been used by most major dictators and terrorists as a vehicle for arms transport. When the Soviet Un [...]

    Tia
    Viktor Bout is really amazing. This guy was quietly running guns and weaponry to pretty much every third-tier petty dictator in Africa, helped arm both the Taliban and warlords like the Lion of Panjshir in Afghanistan--all the while shipping legitimate goods like chickens, flowers, and fruits. He even managed to wrangle a few government contracts shipping supplies into Iraq for the U.S. It seems that every country condemns illegal arms trades, but only a few take consistent action on it, and the [...]

    CarrieLyn
    I became interested in Viktor Bout, the subject of this account by two journalists, after he was arrested in March of this year in Thailand. For years, he has provided excess Soviet arms to all sides of various conflicts in Africa and the middle east. The book points out the failings of national governments and international organizations to stop him. Clearly what he did was immoral, but it was hard to really call it illegal. I have since read the NYT Magazine interview with him that was publish [...]

    Ishmael
    Ever wonder where those guns that them boys down the corner have come from? Or where those AK47's that the guards at the bank carry, or the M16s that local bodyguards sling around? Ooops, sorry, if you are in the States this is probably not a concern. But for third world countries, ask againLocal headline: "Stash of AK47s and ammo headed to Colombia's FARC'" Huh? Honduras exporting Russian made kalashnikovs? But even if you happen to hear shots in the night and wonder about guns in general, this [...]

    Michelle
    I wish there were half stars because this should really be 3.5 and is a recommended read. Story of Viktor Bout really interesting, but at the time the book was written there was still not a lot known about the man - just his business - and that detracts from the book. The story can sometimes be repetitive, too and it just doesn't always come together. He's since been arrested, which the book doesn't quite get there, but it does document the US's sporadic involvement in tracking Bout down. It is [...]

    Leftjab
    Really only for those with more than a passing interest in the subject. Shows the workings of international intelligence and criminal smuggling as extremely complex - writing is utilitarian in order to keep up with such complicated webs (could have used a map or two).(Scary thing is how it shows yet another example of the Bush administrations bungling and, ultimately, complicity in Viktor Bout's empire. Might have been an unintended subtext but the author points out how the Clinton administratio [...]

    Courtney
    A very important that details in general the rise of Russian business/crime oligarchs specifically one Viktor Bout. After the fall of the Soviet Union Mr. Bout leveraged his intelligence and military backgrounds to snatch up decrepit transport planes and connect them with out of work munitions factories, creating a worldwide network of arms trafficking. Many of the fratricidal wars in West/Central African have used weapons delivered by Bout's network.While it is important to document the atrocit [...]

    Christopher
    The Nicholas Cage movie Lord of War, which I thoroughly enjoyed, was based on this book. Here, the writing was clunky and overly fact driven, like an extended newspaper article. I even skimmed the final third of the book. But I give it three stars because it tackles an issue that is the root cause of so many other issues that our media gives prominence: the war on terror; a nuclear Iran; poverty in Africa; the drug trade. The book details the rise of one of the most powerful men perpetuating all [...]

    Matt
    This is a fantastic, albeit academic, book about Viktor Bout, the notorious international arms trafficker. The book also serves as a timely prologue to Bout's detainment in March 2008, an event that will likely be addressed in subsequent versions/publications of the book. Farah keeps the material interesting in his journalistic approach, yet also stays objective in not offering a condemnation of Bout, only raising questions and examining the evidence. In fact, while reading the book, I couldn't [...]

    Caroline Mulwa
    Interesting coincidence that Viktor Bout was sentenced while I was in the middle of reading this book. Watching the story of his sentencing on the news made me realize all the more that what I was reading was not just a tale about one of the world's most notorious arms dealer - but a tragic true story. Viktor was sentenced to 25 years in prison (the minimum sentence)for conspiring to sell weapons to a U.S. designated foreign terrorist group.The book is a page-turner that digs deep into the amazi [...]

    Tim Juchter
    It's a relatively scholarly treatment, which is making it a bit dry to get through, but as a factual companion to Lord of War (Nicolas Cage's character was inspired by Viktor Bout, the subject of this book), it's very informative.Perhaps the most interesting thing is how it shines a light on the law of unintended consequences: victory in the Cold War--the fall of the Soviet Union--made Bout passible. In turn, he made possible much of the chaos in Africa in the last 15 to 20 years, not to mention [...]

    Len Gilmer
    The movie "Lord of War" starring Nick Cage was based on the real life character in this Book. This guy has managed to supply every continent on the globe with assualt rifles,rpg, tanks and even aircraft. This book delves into the complexities of wars forgotten by the american media waged everyday in Africa and the Middle East. This guys has supplied both sides of civil wars and travels with a gemologist to collect payments. This book is informative, insightful and most of all scary

    Fausto Betances
    Highly entertaining this book provides insight into a world that sometimes escapes the scrutiny of main stream society. If there was any shortcoming it was the fact that it was too short. I figure that's probable what made it good as the author avoided filling pages with irrelevant information just for the sake of volume. Disappointment-proof in my view.

    Tera
    A very comprehensive book about the illegal arms trade and the man on top of it all, Victor Bout. The authors definitely did their research, and through the book you have the feeling you are right there amongst all the deals, the deliveries, and the organization. I was surprised at the love/hate relationship between Victor and the US.

    Sean Morrison
    Great book about the world's most notorious arms dealer, Victor Bout. I first heard about him while working in Sierra Leone, where he shipped weapons during the civil war. The best part: he armed the Taliban and al Qaeda, and then the U.S. hired him to arm our troops in Iraq.On a side note, John Wiley & Sons Inc the publisher, should really work on their grammatical editing skills.

    Alisha
    Intriguing to learn about Victor Bout's business supplying nasty regimes, rebel factions, etc with deadly weapons. There was a little too much detail re the people and institutions behind pursuit of him. I skipped the second half and went straight to the epilogue. Once I've read that I'll have to look online, because I believe he's since been captured (extradicted?)

    Patrick
    I was happy to hear the man just had his day in a Manhattan court. Arrested in Thailand, it will be interesting to see the case as it is presented. The book was an account of his life and the extraordinary success Mr. Bout enjoyed as the world's premier merchant of Death!

    Kellen
    These authors collect enough information to develop a rather good, although sparce, life of a very interesting mobster. It's amazing how many countries he has managed to get into and essentially destroy thought gun running.

    Danilo Senese
    A ray of light on a murky and dark area: the consequences of the dismemberment of the USSR and the rise of money-player operating aside any State structure. It's easy to admire how the guy built his empire, but one could never share the goods that were his trade. Outstanding book!

    krad
    What was a great first chapter jammed-packed with excellent information on the arms-trafficking industry quickly turned into a repetitive and jumbled mess of a book. Better off reading a few solid articles on Bout.

    Sarah
    Very very good and in plain English. The way arms deals go down, how this one man - completely without conscience - sold to both sides in an untold number of civil and interstate battles. Now that he's been caught on legit charges, it's an even better read.

    Bill
    An incredibly eye opening look at the most infamous gun runner, Viktor Bout. The book is incredibly well researched, although severely in need of an update after Bouts arrest and subsequent imprisonment in Thailand as part of a DEA sting in 2008 and extradition to America late last year.

    Daniel Milano
    Riveting tale of a cynic salesman who saw an opportunity and took it when the world chose to look away. Victor Bout is a fascinating figure that elicit both admiration and revulsion . My kind of criminal . He is now in jail in the US

    Jess
    An interesting tale of a non-fictional gun-runner who evades international law. The book is well-researched, but the footnotes are done in a way that don't detract from the story. It got a little slow at the end.

    Jcdavison
    very interesting, top notch writing and presentation style.

    Joe
    Great (true) story, uneven writing. The chapters jump chronologically which made following the narrative tricky at times.

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