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War Dogs

The True Story of How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

By Guy Lawson

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 July 2016
Soon to be a major motion picture from the director of The Hangover starring Jonah Hill, the page-turning, behind-closed-doors account of how three kids from Florida became big-time weapons traders for the government and how the Pentagon later turned on them. In January of 2007, three young stoners from Miami Beach were put in charge of a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. Instead of fulfilling the order with high-quality arms, Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizki (the dudes) bought cheap Communist-style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners. The trio then secretly repackaged millions of rounds of shoddy Chinese ammunition and shipped it to Kabul--until they were caught by Pentagon investigators and the scandal turned up on the front page of The New York Times. That's the "official" story. The truth is far more explosive. For the first time, journalist Guy Lawson tells the thrilling true tale. It's a trip that goes from a dive apartment in Miami Beach to mountain caves in Albania, the corridors of power in Washington, and the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawson's account includes a shady Swiss gunrunner, Russian arms dealers, Albanian thugs, and a Pentagon investigation that caused ammunition shortages for the Afghanistan military. Lawson exposes the mysterious and murky world of global arms dealing, showing how the American military came to use private contractors like Diveroli, Packouz, and Podrizki as middlemen to secure weapons from illegal arms dealers--the same men who sell guns to dictators, warlords, and drug traffickers. This is a story you were never meant to read.

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"Like the best stories about rogues, con artists and scammers, the magic is in the details. Guy Lawson's, Arms and Dudes, misses nothing. He gets it all."--Nick Pileggi, author of Wiseguy "This is one of those books that, God help us, shouldn't be true--but is. US governmental bungling, war in Afghanistan going awry, foreign hustlers making millions out of bilking heroic soldiers, and in the middle of it all are two barely post-teenager dopers fumbling their way into and out of the highest level of the sleazy arms business. Guy Lawson tells the disturbing story brilliantly. You'll cringe, you'll want to look away (a lot), but you won't be able to stop turning the pages."--Jeff Guinn, author of Manson "Guy Lawson's Arms and the Dudes is a triumph of investigative reporting and storytelling. This book is a mind-blowing account of how two kids turned themselves into some of the world's biggest weapons dealers in the chaotic years of the Iraq war. I couldn't put it down. If it were on the fiction shelf, the rollicking, riveting tale told within these pages would seem wildly implausible. But it's not."--Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City and Little America Like the best stories about rogues, con artists and scammers, the magic is in the details. Guy Lawson's, Arms and Dudes, misses nothing. He gets it all. --Nick Pileggi, author of Wiseguy" This is one of those books that, God help us, shouldn t be true but is. US governmental bungling, war in Afghanistan going awry, foreign hustlers making millions out of bilking heroic soldiers, and in the middle of it all are two barely post-teenager dopers fumbling their way into and out of the highest level of the sleazy arms business. Guy Lawson tells the disturbing story brilliantly. You ll cringe, you ll want to look away (a lot), but you won t be able to stop turning the pages."--Jeff Guinn, author of Manson" Guy Lawson s Arms and the Dudes is a triumph of investigative reporting and storytelling. This book is a mind-blowing account of how two kids turned themselves into some of the world s biggest weapons dealers in the chaotic years of the Iraq war. I couldn t put it down. If it were on the fiction shelf, the rollicking, riveting tale told within these pages would seem wildly implausible. But it s not. --Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City and Little America"

EAN: 9781501154195
ISBN: 1501154192
Publisher: Pocket Books
Dimensions: 16.76 x 10.41 x 2.54 centimetres (0.11 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Poorly writen, dificult to determine what was researched fact and what was biased opinion. Author's anti-gun, anti-government, anti-military and anti-war perspective was clear in many places, and his representation of the "dudes" (his word) as helpless victims suggests a pro-drug attitude reminiscent of a Cheech and Chong movie. Writing lacked style as well as content and was poorly oganised. Very disapointing read and I only finished the book out of stubourn determination. Definitely would not recomend.

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