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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Research (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976443716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976443711
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This terrific historical exposé ought to be required background reading for those FBI agents assigned to investigate foreign espionage and public corruption matters. For many reasons, such cases are amongst the most challenging to investigate and prosecute, but are made even harder when undue political pressures enter into the picture. FBI officials responsible for setting investigative priorities and allocating resources would also do well therefore to read Spy Trade so they are aware of the historical linkage between Israel's 'Uzi diplomacy' arms dealing, the Iran-Contra scandal, and the Jonathan Pollard spy incident with AIPAC's nefarious 'lobbying' activities." --Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent and 2002 Time Magazine Person of the Year.

"Grant F. Smith's excellent, deeply disturbing book..is a welcome addition to a growing scholarly literature." --Michael Scheuer, former senior CIA analyst and author of "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror"

"Like political parties, lobbies are groups of citizens with shared interests, an important part of a functioning democracy. When they have enormous power, however, and especially if their activities remain almost completely hidden, lobbies can be dangerous.

Meticulously detailed in this riveting addition to his earlier exposés, Grant Smith reveals yet another facet of the extent to which the pro-Israel Lobby is beyond dangerous, and has become a serious threat to a broad range of American ideals, objectives and interests abroad, as well as here at home. This book contains many highly disturbing, documented revelations. Read it." --Ambassador Edward L. Peck, former Chief of Mission in Iraq and Former Deputy Director, Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism, Reagan White House

"This book presents formidable and dangerous new evidence of spying by Israel and the corrosive long term influence of its lobby on US governance." --Paul Findley, member of Congress from 1961-1983 and author of three books on the US-Israeli relationship, including the Washington Post bestseller "They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israelʹs Lobby"

More About the Author

Grant F. Smith is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington DC. He is author of the books Spy Trade, America's Defense Line, Foreign Agents, Deadly Dogma, and Neocon Middle East Policy. Jeff Stein of the Washington Post calls Smith "a Washington, D.C. author who has made a career out of writing critical books on Israeli spying and lobbying." Mondoweiss.com blogger Philip Weiss says "the best investigative work is being done by Grant Smith at IRmep..."

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Burroughs on November 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Spy Trade: How Israel's Lobby Undermines America's Economy by Grant F. Smith.

Smith Once Again Exposes Israel Lobby's Danger to America's Security and Economy

This is perhaps Smith's most important work exposing the deleterious and dangerous influences of the Israeli lobby on both U.S. economic and national security. Smith has devoted several years objectively and thoroughly examining the history of the Israel lobby. He earlier exposed how domestic political considerations undermined the Justice Department's valiant efforts to define the lobby as an agent of a foreign power (See Deadly Dogma, Foreign Agents and America's Defense Line). As is his practice, Smith is through in his research. This latest work is 178 pages, contains more than 300 footnotes, citing more than hundred specific sources including files the FBI only recently declassified. It is written in a commendably easy to read style, organized into short concise chapters that cover several critical topics including: Israeli arms smuggling; the history of the Israeli Lobby; how the Israeli lobby subverts the investigation of commercial espionage against American firms by Israeli agents; Jonathan Pollard's treason; the harmful role played by AIPAC in advancing Israeli interests at the expense of the United States. So important is this book that I plan on putting it my friends' and family's Christmas stockings.

Smith systematically demonstrates how since before the establishment of the Israeli state, Zionists abroad and in the United States violated federal laws solely to the advantage of the nascent state regardless of the consequences to American interests.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dennis R. Jugan on March 12, 2010
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. . . is that Israel's intelligence services have found a seemingly unending number of recruits who are not only willing to betray America, but do so without remuneration because they have decided that Israel's - not America's - advancement is paramount and justifies criminal and/or treasonous behavior." -- the Foreward to "Spy Trade" written by Michael F. Scheuer, former CIA Bin Laden station chief and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq.
Grant Smith has again written a book in a gloves off, no-nonsense style reminiscent of the 1950's TV crime drama, "Dragnet." But the names HAVEN'T been changed to protect the perpetrators. He bases this book on past and recently declassified documents, the U.S. Defense Investigation Service, and 300 listed sources. Many are appended in this book, linking activities to specific individuals and organizations in Israel and in the Israel Lobby.

Smith details the Zionists' early engagements in arms smuggling following World War II, followed-up by more recent engagements with Iran in "arms for hostages"/Iran-Contra during the decade of the 1980's. He details the theft of classified U.S. military weapons technology and documents (nuclear included) as well as the theft of proprietary corporate intellectual property in pharmaceuticals, high tech, and weapons development/production acquired by infiltrating the military and U.S.corporate interests. Americans will be introduced to members and activities of the Sonneborn Institute and "the Kenya Group.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Damian D. Aranda on May 19, 2013
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This is one of those books that reveales the insider truths. Also a book that one would buy or write a bad review just so lemmings wouldn't purchase. Do yourself a favor and buy it. Look at all my authentic reviews. Then look at all the bland types of reviews which the 1 ★& 2 ★ reviewers dish out. The israeli infiltration into reviws of books, movies, general consumer media is ridiculously huge. It's been reported on by israeli media. The government Israel pays it's people to hound dog the net in you tube comments, twitter, total media swarm.
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31 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on November 22, 2009
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This is a carefully documented account of how Israel, since its inception, has used to its advantage (and often the U.S. disadvantage) its American assets to exploit weaknesses in the U.S. political system. And especially how it has used and misused the U.S. election finance laws, how it has exploited easy exposure and access to spying (for both business and security purposes), engaged in illicit trade in and smuggling of arms, and how it has constantly exploited the corrupting influences of lobbying, and other aspects of corruption that seem all but endemic to the American political system.

While this author makes a strong case that Israel's actions have undermined both the U.S. economy and its national security, I believe an even stronger case should have been made that Israel historically, has simply been picking the low hanging fruit of the systemic corruption of the American political system. It is this corrupt system that is being exploited, not just by Israel, but also by other nations. It is just that Israel and its number one surrogate, AIPAC, have a sizable head start in its ability to "game the corruption" extant in the U.S. system. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has also been "gaming" it with proficiency almost equal to that of Israel's.

From its inception (1945-48), and then as an existential matter, Israeli assets were skilful deployed so as to establish a pattern of borderline criminal exploitation of the U.S. political system. As the U.S. was winding down from WW-II, trading surplus arms for much needed cash while assisting an evolving Middle Eastern ally, was a "no brainer." Among many other reasons, giving Israel large caches of surplus weapons relieved the U.S. of the burden of having to dispose of them itself.
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