In the March 30, 2012 edition of the Times Literary Supplement, Alex de Waal reviews Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade. De Waal writes:

“Time and again, from Washington, DC to London, from Baghdad to Pretoria, corruption accompanies armaments contracts. It has been this way for decades. Feinstein quotes a report from 1965 written by the British industrialist Donald Stokes, which included the remarks, ‘a great many arms sales were made, not because anyone wanted the arms, but because of the commission involved en route,’ and ‘it was often necessary to offer bribes to make sales.’ Corruption is integral to the arms companies’ business model.”

The complete review is available to subscribers on the Times Literary Supplement website.

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