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Merchant of Death (2007)

by Douglas Farah

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Fascinating book. More people today will be familiar with the book's subject since his arrest in Thailand recently.Viktor Bout supplied Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries with the mean to conduct ruthless wars and countless other atrocities. This book sheds light on his story.

Even today,Bout's history is murky but this book does a great deal to shine a light into his past.It can be a bit repetitive at points but is still a great read.Aside form Bout himself,what I found particularly interesting was how the US government used several of Bout's companies to get supplies into Afghanistan even though he was on numerous government watchlists. Check this one out.Let's see how his trial goes... ( )
  Melkor81205 | Feb 28, 2011 |
Very well researched book about Victor Bout, the gun-runner. He made a fortune supplying the child armies of Africa as well as insurgent groups in the Middle East ( )
  keninipswich | Feb 21, 2009 |
An informative look at weapons trade with an even look at the issue. Farah's writing is brisk and fast-paced.

Farah pulls no punches when explaining that political climate often says one thing but conveniently looks the other way when it comes to getting things done. He profiles two of the most prolific and well-known arms dealers, explaining how governments simultaneously build up their business while pretending to make an effort to pull them down. No single country is held to a greater standard as every alphabet-based country organization is revealed to have dealings in this arena.

Farah offers no solutions, merely an accounting of how this world works and will continue to work as long as there is conflict in the world. ( )
1 vote stephmo | Mar 8, 2008 |
Very interesting book...good information but slightly repetitive . ( )
  Kartoffelkopf3 | Dec 18, 2007 |
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One evening in April 2001, Jean-Pierre Bemba, a Congolese warlord leading a rebel army of guerrillas and gun toting teenagers, discovered that he had a problem.
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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 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 more 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 Baghdad

Two 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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What do the Taliban, Liberian war criminal Charles Taylor, and the U.S. government have in common? They have all done business with the man who put the "blood" in blood diamonds--an immensely wealthy and powerful arms dealer who has flooded Africa and Southwest Asia with weapons of war. Here, two respected journalists tell the 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 slaughter in Africa and aided both militant Islamic fanatics in Afghanistan and the American military in Iraq. As the Cold War ended, Bout emerged from a murky post-Soviet intelligence background and quietly amassed a fleet of Russian cargo planes, then began to forge an empire of lethal alliances across the Third World--a war machine able to deliver anything from AK-47s to attack helicopters, to anyone willing to pay.--From publisher description.… (more)

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