War Dogs

War Dogs Soon to be a major motion picture from the director of The Hangover starring Jonah Hill the page turning behind closed doors account of how three kids from Florida became big time weapons traders fo

  • Title: War Dogs
  • Author: Guy Lawson
  • ISBN: 9781501154195
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • Soon to be a major motion picture from the director of The Hangover starring Jonah Hill, the page turning, behind closed doors account of how three kids from Florida became big time weapons traders for the government and how the Pentagon later turned on them.In January of 2007, three young stoners from Miami Beach were put in charge of a 300 million Department of DefenseSoon to be a major motion picture from the director of The Hangover starring Jonah Hill, the page turning, behind closed doors account of how three kids from Florida became big time weapons traders for the government and how the Pentagon later turned on them.In January of 2007, three young stoners from Miami Beach were put in charge of a 300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military Instead of fulfilling the order with high quality arms, Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizki the dudes bought cheap Communist style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners The trio 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 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, Albanian thugs, and a Pentagon investigation that caused ammunition shortages for the Afghanistan military Lawson exposes the mysterious and murky world of global arms dealing, showing how the American military came to use private contractors like Diveroli, Packouz, and Podrizki 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.

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    1. An informative and entertaining eye-opener for folks interested in the (all-too-often, sordid) shallow end of defense procurement (or government contracting) during the modern era of outsourcing. [When I say shallow end, I mean this is the opposite end of the spectrum from books about major systems, state-of-the-art technology development, or large scale weapons manufacturing such as Whittle's Dream Machine (about the V-22) or Predator (about the, duh, Predator drone/UAV), or Baime's Arsenal of [...]

    2. I picked this up because I'm dying to see the movie, starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, two men I would gladly sip wine with on a Venetian gondola in the pale moonlight, and I was not even remotely disappointed.War Dogs, previously published as Arms and the Dudes, is a high-octane thrill ride that's so insane, it can only be true.First and foremost, props must be given to Guy Lawson for writing a compelling, progressive story while sticking to the facts. The vignettes about arms deals and pol [...]

    3. It took me awhile to finish this book because 1) I kept misplacing it and 2) the numerous government agencies and sub-agencies plus the minutiae about the weaponry and procurement process made for a dense read at times. However, don't be put off by that; this is a fascinating tale of incompetence and ruthlessness at the hand of the American government that made it possible for a group of 20-somethings to work as war contractors before being prosecuted forwell, fulfilling the terms of those contr [...]

    4. Fascinating story of a very aggressive and ambitious young man, barely in his 20’s, who barreled his way into the world of international arms dealing. Taking his friends with him, Yeshiva-dropout Efraim Diveroli worked his way into a $300MLN contract with the US government to supply the entire Afghan army (and other security services) with small arms and ammunition.While the film stays on that track, the book widens the scope of this tale significantly. Lawson’s story no longer centers on th [...]

    5. This is actually a 3.5 * review.If you go into this expecting something could be turned into a Jonah Hill/Miles Teller movie, you'll be disappointed. But if you're looking for a searing indictment of American foreign policy in the age of Iraq/Afghanistan, as well as an entertaining yarn about 2 idiot stoners in over their heads, you'll enjoy this. There's not a lot to say beyond "this is a fun read." It's not a character study, but you end up feeling like Diveroli - and especially Packouz - real [...]

    6. Thank you for my copy of War Dogs. Loved the book from start to finish. The author handles complex financial dealings and explains them simply without dumbing down . This book points out the problems with the government procurement process. If you think this book is a comedy based on Jonah Hill being in a movie adaptation, I can assure you it is much much more.

    7. maybe I'm being a little bit cushy with the rating. but even if it wasn't the best written book, it was superbly interesting and also really cool (if you are into international politics/military/arms dealing issues). very excited for the movie on august 18th!!!

    8. If you ever wanted to know how inefficient and wasteful American military spending is, this book will show it to you. Not only does it waste American taxpayer money, it exempts itself from the laws, rules, and oversight commercial entities are subjected to. It also reports how hundreds of thousands of guns were delivered to Afghanistan and remain unaccounted for, which could have easily been handed off or sold to local regimes and could be in their hands at this very moment. In the end (spoiler [...]

    9. I picked this up in hopes of a better story than the mediocre movie based on it. Initially the author felt a little cavalier and even familiar, while I thought he wasn't treating his subject matter with real objectivity.But I was wrong. This unfolds to be an incredible tale, and the last third of the book uncovers a level on injustice that make the whole situation seem farcical in comparison. I'll say this: I never want to appear in a US court without a lot of money or connections!A very interes [...]

    10. An interesting, quirky real-life story. The only downside is that the author adopts this affectation of being in-the-know about military and political topics. Sometimes he gets things slightly wrong. And sometimes it seems like there's a bias or agenda at play in the way that certain people get characterized.

    11. This is two things - entertaining and instructive. It's a good story, well told. The lessons - don't be too much of an ass on your way up, and no matter what you believe, when the stakes are high enough, people will get things done.

    12. If you’re a suppo, or do really any work with the military-industrial complex, you absolutely need to read this book.

    13. 3.5 *s A great inside look at inner workings of some 'dudes' who get into gun running, filling contracts for the US Govt.

    14. I enjoyed this book. I found it intriguing how the author incorporated the deficiencies of the DoD contracting into the story.

    15. Very interesting and different read on the life of a young arms dealer And the politics and the economics and the suppliers and buyers of these weapons of death

    16. Other than the mind-bogglingness of two potheads masterminding the whole scheme this story is a waste of time. I haven't seen the movie.

    17. Quiet the read! Very interesting how this all happened. Also makes you question the functionality of any government.

    18. If you want to know how f*ck*d up the global war against terrorism is, this is your book. Every chapter has that "so unlikely it must be true" quality.

    19. War Dogs, Guy Lawson, author; Jason Culp, narratorThree young men who met each other as children, while attending a Jewish school, found themselves in the fortunate position of becoming government arms dealers with the possibility of accumulating great wealth. I am not sure why the author chose to emphasize their religious backgrounds, which contained some less than stellar details, but I find that it turned me off a bit from listening to the CD. I also found some of the language too crude for m [...]

    20. I had a professional interest in this story, and was completely floored at everything Lawson reveals in his book. It's incredible how much the three guys accomplished and how far along they got in the gunrunning business. Yet it is even more eye-opening to realize everything the U.S. government allowed to happen and continues to allow to happen in terms of their contracting system for acquiring weaponry for war. The author provides only the necessary details to keep the story moving and it doesn [...]

    21. Very engrossing read. Amazing true story for many different reasons. Highly entertaining, hard to put down.

    22. I though War Dogs by Guy Lawson was a really good book. I thought that it was a good book because it seemed that there was always action going on. The book is about how two young guys get a multi million dollar war contract with the pentagon. Also in the book it shows how much money is in this business because the two guys go from having nothing to being filthy rich. There was really no dull moment in the book. I also liked it because how it was hard to predict what was going to happen. My initi [...]

    23. The book was really good. From looking at the trailers, most likely much better than the movie, as it seems like the movie positions them as more "accidental" gunrunners. But, I'll have to check it out. The moral of the story is if you are going to do international gunrunning - get a lawyer from the start to help you navigate the murky and ever-changing waters. Also, this is the quintessential "pride goeth before the fall" story. What happens when you are so narcissistic, treat others, even your [...]

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