The Shadow World

The Shadow World

Inside the Global Arms Trade

Book - 2011
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Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374208387
Branch Call Number: 382.456234
Characteristics: xxx, 672 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 06, 2017

This is a colossal book. The author's style can be disconcerting at times, he frequently appears to go off on a tangent, but in actuality he is creating the many strands in a global web of arms dealing then tying them back together. There is much, much gold in this book: I never knew that Olof Palme - - the assassinated prime minster of Sweden back in the 1980s - - had just several weeks prior halted shipments from Swedish arms dealers to both Iran and Iraq during their war; a major factor in his murder, either by one of those gov'ts, or the Swedish arms dealers. [Recall that the accident which killed Princess Diana happened after her international work to halt the spread of land mines began getting serious results, land mines being the weapon with the greatest ROI, or return on investment, of any weapon {cheap to make, with continuous revenue streams}.]
The author covers many of the world's arms dealers and some very brutal events which took place, so not a soft read.
[One small technicality which the author may, or may not, be off on. On p. 444 he covers the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, stating that there appeared to be CIA and Belgian involvement, and that Lumumba had been put under house arrest by Mobutu. Although I could be wrong, having researched that event thoroughly, I believe it was the UN forces {fully Belgian contingent} - - perhaps colluding with Mobutu who had been guarding him. Then a CIA asset and Belgian criminal - - who may have been involved with both gov'ts - - Mozes Maschkivitzan, helped President Lumumba escape, but into the hands of Mobutu's forces, who flew him to Katanga where he was tortured to death. The one photo existing of Maschkivitzan, of which I am aware, is the one of the so-called three tramps taken in the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Maschkivitzan is the shorter one with the turned up collar, while the tall one with light or blond hair was, I believe, Lazlo, a deserter from the French Foreign Legion and a member of the French rightwing, outlawed paramilitary group, the OAS. He was possibly of Hungarian origin, while the other OAS shooter there that day was Jean Rene Souetre, an officer deserter from the French Army, and multi-war veteran and prison escapee. Maschkivitzan was supposed to have a plastic surgery habit, with the CIA paying for at least one operation one time - - not sure if before or after the JFK assassination. A drawing which somewhat resembles him was made of a suspicious individual at the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., but as it was a drawing only, difficult to be sure - - and usually the same assassins are not utilized in high visibility killings.]


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