By Guy Lawson
The page-turning, within account of the way 3 children from Florida turned big-time guns traders—and how the U.S. executive grew to become on them.
In January of 2007, 3 younger stoners from Miami seashore gained a $300 million division of protection agreement to provide ammunition to the Afghanistan army. particularly, rather than gratifying the order with top quality fingers, Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizki—the dudes—bought affordable Communist-style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners. The dudes then secretly repackaged hundreds of thousands of rounds of shoddy chinese language ammunition and shipped it to Kabul—until they have been stuck through Pentagon investigators and the scandal grew to become up at the entrance web page of the recent York Times.
That’s the “official” tale. in fact way more explosive. For the 1st time, journalist man Lawson tells the exciting precise story. It’s a visit that is going from a dive condominium in Miami seashore to mountain caves in Albania, the corridors of energy in Washington, and the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawson’s account contains a shady Swiss gunrunner, Russian fingers buyers, corrupt Albanian gangsters, and a Pentagon research that impeded America’s warfare efforts in Afghanistan. Lawson exposes the mysterious and murky international of world hands dealing, exhibiting how the yank army got here to take advantage of inner most contractors like Diveroli, Packouz, and Podrizki as middlemen to safe guns from unlawful hands dealers—the similar males who promote weapons to dictators, warlords, and drug traffickers.
This is a narrative you have been by no means intended to learn.
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