Summary of The Shadow World

Inside the Global Arms Trade

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The Shadow World book summary
The military-industrial complex is rife with corruption and bribery. Want proof?


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In this compelling critique, corruption watchdog Andrew Feinstein argues that the military-industrial complex is riddled with corruption and bribery. Feinstein outlines the sordid history of arms deals in recent decades, focusing on dubious deals involving Saudi Arabia and South Africa. The author makes his biases clear but still serves up a detailed, thought-provoking exposé of the underworld of big-time weapons sales. He supplies the dates, the names and the numbers, leaving little doubt of his veracity or tenacity. Dick Cheney fans won’t like Feinstein’s conclusions, but others should approach them with an open mind. getAbstract recommends this well-researched muckraking report to those intrigued by the worldwide trade in arms.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How recent large arms deals unfolded and
  • How weapons sales have become rife with corruption.


A Corrupt, Little-Scrutinized Money Machine
Guns, bombs and fighter jets are big business. The annual global arms trade ballooned by 53% from 2000 to 2010, growing to $1.6 trillion, or $235 for every person on Earth. This little-regulated, murky world is filled with bribery, double dealing...
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About the Author

Andrew Feinstein is the author of After the Party, a political memoir. He is an Open Society Institute Fellow and the founding co-director of Corruption Watch in London.

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