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Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting Hardcover – July 8, 2014
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“A riveting new book, Operation Shakespeare, tells the thrilling inside story of how an elite team of Homeland Security operatives snatched an Iranian arms dealer from the shadows in a triumph of American justice. . . . Operation Shakespeare reads like a spy thriller—but Shiffman’s meticulous reporting leaves no doubt that he is telling nothing less than scary truth.” (New York Daily News)
“A tale that seems almost ready-made for Hollywood . . . A cross between a great detective story and an intricate spy yarn from John le Carré, with a cast of burly American agents, slippery international arms dealers, and an Iranian agent.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
“One might think that curbing the smuggling of weapons to America’s enemies would be a significant priority for the U.S. government. One would be wrong.” (New York Post)
“John Shiffman’s Operation Shakespeare reads like a spy novel, but this meticulously reported book has the added virtue of being completely true. Shiffman has uncovered one of the great undercover stings in recent U.S. history, a Homeland Security operation aimed at protecting U.S. troops from an Iranian arms dealer. This is must-reading for anyone who loves foreign intrigue—a welcome covert operation where the U.S. agents are the good guys.” (Andrea Mitchell)
“One of the nation’s premier journalists takes you into the world of smugglers, snitches, and secret agents. Operation Shakespeare is a real-life cloak-and-dagger adventure, with American lives hanging in the balance.” (Matt Apuzzo, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Enemies Within)
“In this fascinating tale, John Shiffman takes us inside the shadowy world of international arms dealing, exposing a high-stakes battle against smuggling that takes place far from the front pages—even as it threatens our soldiers and national security on a daily basis. Leaping from Philadelphia to Tiblisi to Tehran, Operation Shakespeare is so richly detailed you’d never know that Shiffman wasn’t actually part of the sting himself.” (Garrett Graff, author of The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War)
“Captivating . . . Shiffman’s exciting and eye-opening look into the ‘tiny weapons of modern war’ and the international machinations that control them will appeal to espionage junkies and the techno-thriller crowd.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Top Customer Reviews
Operation Shakespeare relates the story of a successful, years-long investigation led by one of the more obscure Homeland Security agencies and the regional Justice Department offices in Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia. It’s truly a remarkable tale. With great skill and astonishing patience, an inter-agency team of investigators and prosecutors captured and persuaded an Iranian arms dealer to confess to his work procuring American military hardware for the Iranian armed forces. In the process, the man’s cellphone and laptop proved to be a treasure-chest of information about Iran’s military and the many other arms dealers who were similarly getting their hands on embargoed U.S. goods. The dealer’s arrest also closed off one major source of the essential hardware used in building IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) by Iranian-backed insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. IEDs there killed at least 2,500 U.S. soldiers.Read more ›
It also touches on the profit motive at all costs of some American businesses who turn a blind eye to this international and illegal arms trafficing.
Mr. Shoffman organized all his facts and research into a coherent timeline and presented them in a clear, uncomplicated fashion.
It is worth reading and I recommend it.
I flew through this book and have to agree it might make a great movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reads like a spy thriller; a definite page turner. Well-crafted and personalized. An interesting look into counter-proliferation ops. A highly recommended read.Published 4 months ago by Tony C.
A fascinating look at international arms dealers and how American investigators go about trying to stymie them.Published 6 months ago by Jerry Mac
One of the best books I've read in a while, and I read a lot of books.Published 8 months ago by M. Cline
John Shiffman’s “Operation Shakespeare” is an interesting, well written, true life police procedural of the arrest, conviction and incarceration of an Iranian dealer in arms,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John E. Drury
Terrific book, well researched and sourced. Great inside look at the shadowy world of counterproliferation ops. Hope our feds are doing more of this.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
No photos, no index, no endnotes, large print, and lots of white space. This should have been an article in a newspaper, not a book.
All that from a Pulitzer Prize nominee.
This is an amazing book that tells the story of how dedicated agents helped prevent sensitive material from falling into enemy hands. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Trickster