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Once A Gun Runner: The Efraim Diveroli Memoir Hardcover – Unabridged, 2016
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Efraim Diveroli always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up – an international arms dealer. From the time he was a young Jewish Orthodox kid growing up in Miami Beach, he loved guns. Dropping out of high school in the 9th grade and shipped off to Los Angeles, he started working as a stock boy and apprentice salesperson for his uncle’s police supply business at age 14. He proved a quick study, and by 16, he was selling guns, ammo, and tactical equipment to local law enforcement. Eventually, he moved back to Miami, took over a shell company his father had once incorporated called AEY, Inc. And starting with nothing more than a laptop, a cell phone, and a water bong (and some weed), Diveroli quickly gained success beyond his years by supplying everything from goggles to grenades – mostly to his biggest customer – the U.S. Government. By age 18, Diveroli had become a self-made millionaire. This was his American dream. At the age of 21, Diveroli became the government’s go-to-guy when his company beat out giant Fortune 500 companies to win a massive, nearly $300 million contract with the Pentagon to supply weapons and munitions for the U.S. Army and the allied security forces in their fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. He effectively procured, managed and delivered colossal shipments of weapons and artillery into the war zone, mostly all while being either drunk, high, or coked-up… and sometimes all three - while living the excessive lifestyle of a rock star - until the government turned on him, and it all came crashing down. In this memoir, Once A Gun Runner... gives you raw, intimate, and unadulterated access to the details and experiences, which made Efraim Diveroli the world’s youngest international arms dealer. This is his story!
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This is the most sickeningly self-serving book I have ever had the misfortune to read. He brags that the prostitutes he slept with fell in love with him and refused his money. You would think that the people who helped him edit this book would advise him about how ridiculously unbelievable that is.
And it goes on... he claims that he never cheated anyone, yet both of his former partners David Packouz and Ralph Merrill are suing him, and saying he stole millions of dollars from them. He portrays himself as some hardened mobster that never ratted on anyone but he actively tried to entrap many people to reduce his own sentence. He also seems to think it's cool to bash gay people and black people, describing one black prostitute he enjoyed as smelling of "2,000 years of oppression" -- truly sickening. And the way he denigrates and insults his own father and other respected people in his community broke my heart -- I can only imagine how much pain this book has caused to the people around him, but he doesn't seem to care.
Don't take my word for it. Read the Miami New Times article, "The real story behind War Dogs".
If you want to read the egotistical fantasies of a sociopath, this book is for you. If you want to get the real story, I recommend the War Dogs book by journalist Guy Lawson.War Dogs