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The Arms Bazaar: From Lebanon to Lockheed. Hardcover – July 11, 1977

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (July 11, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670132632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670132638
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,582,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first read this book many years ago and as a past Lockheed employee I was shocked to see names of people I knew referenced in the book. The Arms Bazaar clearly paints the picture of the overall defense industry in the '60's and '70's but unfortunately singled out Lockheed. After the Cold War the Administration informally recommended to the Defense Industry to "do whatever is needed to increase foreign sales and trade" in an effort to boost the American economy. During this time paying certain middlemen was standard practice in order to be connected with the right people who had the authority to negotiate contracts. This "pay" was later renamed to be "bribes". As time passed and the economy recovered the American people learned of this practice via the media and revolted. American politicians had no choice but to discredit and admonish the practice. ALL Defense industry suppliers who had major foreign sales played the bribes game but not all of them were caught. This book is of historical significance and although the rules of engagement have been altered similar practices are most certainly being utlilized in current times.
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Format: Paperback
International arms sales is one of the issues that I got into as a student of IR in the early 80s. I read Andrew Pierre's Global Politics of Arms Sales, which was so good that I almost pursued the issue as a career concern. I read Sampson's book at that time, and it was the perfect complement to the academic side of it: Sampson went to the places where catastrophe was brewing from arms sales run amok, evoking it in the vivid language of a real writer and with the eye of a first-rate reporter.

Sampson explains the economics, investigates the characters, and describes the environments they operate in. It is a true tour de force, as only the best journalists can accomplish.

However, the book is dated, as it was written in the latter part of the Cold War. With the US-Soviet rivalry, the dynamic was altogether different from today, when it was far more political to sell to your allies and potential clients. Now, it is pure economics on the selling side, while the buyers are more or less mercenary capitalist brutes.

Warmly recommended. But the interest is largely historical.
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Format: Hardcover
Hello!
I lve in New delhi , INDIA, I am an avid reader of books on defence , military history, great discoveries, technological innovations, construction, urban planning, architecture and geography. I work as a consultant.
I went through the amazon site and looked at the entire listing of books that iwanted to buy, i got the titles and authors. But could not decide which book is the latest one
there are name of the same book with slightly different titles, hence i am not able to decide whether it is the same book or they are differnt books altogteher, i mean do the contents vary from book to book with the same title
I am refeering to the books like
1 A The arms bazar from lebanon to Lockhhed
1 B The arms bazar - the companies, the dealers,the bribes, from vickers to Lockheed ( are the two books same)?? the price varies)
similarly
The Seven Sisters the world they made ??
The seven sisters the world they shaped ??
i would be thankful to any one who can help me clarify the above points
I would like to Buy the following three books ( Old ones)
The Arms Bazar
The Seven Sisters
The Money Lenders
all written by Anthony Sampsosn
I
I have read the first two books about ten years ago from the US Library in New delhi India, they donot have the copies any more.

I would like to buy them for my persosnal collection.
Is it safe to buy from amazon using a international master card, credit card. Please advise.
I donot want any one accross the internet (and the world) to have access to my card no. and misuse to make fake and fradulent charges to my card which in actual I have not undertaken/ purchased/ bought.
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Book is Ancient. Amazon did NOT tell me clearly how OLD this book is~! Of course I could've read more closely but I don't DO that do I?
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