Andrew Feinstein is the author of "After the Party," a political memoir. He is currently an Open Society Institute Fellow and the founding codirector of Corruption Watch in London.
"Remarkable and courageous. There is enough in Feinstein's book for a dozen film pitches. Bizarre characters leap from the page . . . We knew the arms business was corrupt, but only a book as exhaustively researched as this one is able to reveal just how serious and extensive this corruption really is, and how democracy itself is threatened. "The Shadow World" is a heroic book by an author who, in writing it, has put himself in the firing line. We surely can't go on leaving this story to Hollywood. The global arms trade totalled $1.6 trillion in 2010, up 53% in 10 years. As the world plunges into a double dip recession, with huge stockpiles of weapons, the script is being written for the ultimate disaster movie." -- "Sunday Herald""" "That the world is awash in weapons is not news. But the way weapons large and small flow from the United States, Britain and other producers to the world's villains is ever astonishing. In "The Shadow World," Andrew Feinstein gives us a sweeping and troubling story of how this happens, who benefits, and what consequences follow . . . [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." --John Tirman, "The Washington Post" "A devastating and scrupulously documented account of the greed, venality, and rampant corruption pervading the global arms trade. Andrew Feinstein has produced a brilliant and massively important book." -- Andrew J. Bacevich, author of "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War" and Ret. Colonel, U.S. Army "Feinstein's book is sound, timely and invaluable. Diligent readers will be rewarded." --"Kirkus Review" (starred) "The "Shadow World" peels back the veil of secrecy behind which the global arms trade undermi