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The Arms Bazaar

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In this book, Anthony Sampson describes the development of the giant arms companies, beginning with Vickers, Armstrong and Krupp, and traces the recent origins of the boom in arm sales, culminating in the Middle East. He tells how the industrial arms trade proliferated in the late nineteenth century, with such inventors as Hiram Maxim and Alfred Nobel, who blew up his own ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published 1977
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Jun 14, 2016 Jeff rated it liked it
More of a dissertation on the corruption of the aerospace industry in selling it's warplanes than an actual book on arms dealing, but worth a read.
Kym Andrew Robinson
Jan 07, 2014 Kym Andrew Robinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-military
A very interesting book which covers the industry of arms and trade in weaponry. It addresses the politics of procurement nicely and is a definite page turner with a very well written narrative. My only criticism of this book is that it left me wanting more from this author and the subject.

Though I read this book as a young boy I found even then that it was complimented by such movies as 'Deal of the Century' in a round about way.

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Nov 07, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok
A mildly interesting book that is less about the global arms trade and more about how aerospace companies ran amok in the 60s and 70s. The book today is quite dated and is perhaps more a historical artifact than anything else. I would not recommend this book unless one is specifically interested in various the levels of intrigue and bribery aerospace companies operated under in the 60s and 70s.
Jan 14, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. I worked along the road from the then Vickers Armstrong on the famous Scotswood rd in Newcastle they were in the worst end where they belong looking out to one of the worst areas in the UK. Its a disgusting evil trade and this book does a good job exposing it. More people should read this.
Rashad Hossain
Aug 10, 2013 Rashad Hossain rated it it was amazing
Exactly as Eisenhower warned us.The Book is well-described and it`s complexity shows Anthony`s Power of Writing,really great,I suggest it`s for you Historical Guys..I suggest it :D ...more
Aug 15, 2007 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Exactly what Eisenhower warned us about as he retired from the presidency: The rise of the military Industrial complex
Joe Krakovsky
Jan 05, 2016 Joe Krakovsky rated it liked it
War is hell, but so is the marketing of its tools of the trade.
Feb 09, 2011 Dave added it
informing history of the arms trade
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