Arms and the Dudes

Arms and the Dudes

How Three Stoners From Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

Book - 2015
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The page-turning, inside account of how two kids from Florida became big-time weapons traders--and how the US government turned on them. In January of 2007, two young stoners from Miami Beach--one a ninth grade dropout, the other a licensed masseur--won a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. Incredibly, instead of fulfilling the order with high-quality arms, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz--the dudes--bought cheap Communist-style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners. The pair 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, corrupt Albanian gangsters, and a Pentagon investigation that impeded America's war efforts in Afghanistan. Lawson exposes the mysterious and murky world of global arms dealing, showing how the American military came to use private contractors like Diveroli and Packouz 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451667592
Branch Call Number: 364.1336 LAWSON
Characteristics: xvii, 263 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 19, 2019

Unbelievable that trio got the contract with minimum due diligence.
The only crime three immature ,but greedy stoner dudes had was they didn't have any lobbyists to smooth out ambiguous legalities while politicians & army officers covered their behinds from mass media asking uncomfortable questions like how much to arm & train average Afghanistan soldier compared to average US soldier, why Neo-conservatives not buy arms & ammo directly from Russia and China, why army deal with arms dealers via third party & why buy surplus arms from Eastern Europe.

May 27, 2018

I actually liked this book much more than I liked the movie "War Dogs" based on the book. The movie was quite good but a little bit too fluffy. The second part of the book covered, much more seriously and in-depth, the persecution methods of the US corrupt and powerful military bureaucracy. I understand that it's easier to learn about this real story from a two-hour movie than from a book that has to be read. Still, I would recommend to make an effort and read the book which is available at the library.


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