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Treachery: How America's Friends and Foes Are Secretly Arming Our Enemies Paperback – May 31, 2005

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“A blockbuster book. . . Just astounding.” —Rush Limbaugh

“Explosive . . . A methodical, well-thought-out, easy-to-read book . . . that will shock the average American.” —Sean Hannity

“If you read this stuff, it makes your blood boil.” —Jim Cramer, cohost of CNBC’s Kudlow & Cramer

“An explosive new book.” —New York Post

“Gertz uses a variety of unimpeachable sources to . . . [make] a damning case against our longtime ‘allies and friends’ in Paris and Berlin.” —Washington Times

Treachery is the apt title of a new book infuriating to read. . . . For years [Gertz] has bulldogged a story that ‘mainstream’ media strangely soft-pedal. And he won’t let go. His sources are the best.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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In his explosive new book, New York Times bestselling author Bill Gertz uncovers the most significant threat to U.S. national security today: America's enemies—including radical terrorist groups—are arming themselves with the world's most dangerous weapons. And they're doing it with the help of America's supposed allies. Worst of all, the U.S. has let it all happen.

Using his unparalleled access to the U.S. intelligence and defense communities, Gertz names names, revealing which of our "friends" have placed greed over principle to make America's enemies far more deadly and the world a far more dangerous place. In Treachery, Gertz tells the whole story, complete with previously unpublished classified intelligence documents, and based on dozens of exclusive interviews with senior U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In shocking detail, Treachery exposes:

•How Iraqi insurgents are killing U.S. soldiers with weapons that France, Germany, and Russia sold them
•How the French and German governments turn a blind eye to arms sales to rogue regimes and terrorist states like Iran, Syria, and North Korea
•How intelligence reports show that China supplied arms to al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America
•The real story of why Libya dismantled its nuclear program—how U.S. intelligence caught the Libyans red-handed trying to smuggle in nuclear weapons technology
•How Pakistan's nuclear proliferation network is even more extensive than has been reported
•The CIA report revealing that al Qaeda is pursuing—and may already have—nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons
•The classified intelligence showing that Russia and France were cooperating with Saddam Hussein even after the 2003 Iraq war broke out
•The full story of how Saddam exploited the United Nations "oil for food" program, not only to line his own pockets but also to rebuild Iraq's weapons and missile programs
•How U.S. security lapses have enabled our enemies to target Americans using our own weapons technology secrets

Only Bill Gertz has the contacts and the knowledge to tell the complete story of how France, Germany, Russia, China, and other countries have armed our enemies to the teeth. Treachery is also the definitive account of what the U.S. government is doing to counter the threat—and of how our leaders have too often failed us.

"Gertz is legendary among national security reporters for the quality of his sources...He is the envy of his competitors."—Washington Monthly

"Treachery, with its reams of classified and other inside information, reveals how our nation's enemies obtain weapons from China, Russia, France, Germany, and other supposed friends. The book is must-reading if you want to know the confidential story of the growing danger of global arms proliferation."—Rowan Scarborough, Pentagon reporter,
Washington Times, and bestselling author of Rumsfeld's War

"Two big factors will determine America's national security over the next twenty years. The first is the capability of our military systems as determined by the health of our defense industrial base. And, second, the extent to which our adversaries are able to buy or steal advanced military technology from the U.S. and our allies. Bill Gertz focuses superbly on the hemorrhaging of critical military technology to our enemies. Treachery should be read by all our policymakers."—Congressman Duncan Hunter of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

"Bill Gertz has written a bone-chilling exposé about what has been done behind our backs. Can we ever be safe? You must read this."—Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox News's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

"Bill Gertz gets it! Treachery brilliantly exposes our allies who have become our enemies in the War on Terror just because the U.N., France, Germany, and Russia looked at Iraq and other rogue states as trading partners rather than enablers of terrorism. This is a major piece of work in the War on Terror."—Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney, USAF (Ret.), bestselling author of Endgame

"[Gertz] has access to more intelligence information than anyone I know."—Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen

"The hottest reporter in town...He breaks dozens of big stories every year, and he's read carefully by people who follow national security issues."—Washington Post

"Bill Gertz remains a national asset."—Weekly Standard --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400053161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400053162
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,871,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I just picked up this book yesterday after reading about it on the Drudge Report, and I'm blown away by what Bill Gertz has uncovered. It's truly shocking what the French and Germans (and many others) have gotten away with, and how they've been willing to arm basically anyone who has enough cash to buy weapons.

Even more frightening is Iran, which has announced publicly that it is pursuing nuclear weapons. Well, as Gertz reveals, the Iranians are much further along than many people have suspected. The tales of the intelligence failures on this and other matters are jaw-dropping.

I have to say, I'm a little puzzled by the comments of the previous reviewers who immediately attacked the book for omitting the role that the U.S. has played in arming dangerous regimes. It seems they haven't actually read the book, because Gertz devotes a whole chapter to the United States. We did in fact make some serious mistakes in arming Saddam, as Gertz shows, but he also makes a very convincing case that much more damaging were our lax security efforts, which allowed our enemies to steal our military secrets.

Just read the book, and you'll see that Gertz is the real deal.
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Format: Hardcover
First of all, Bill Gertz is a master at the art of gumshoe reporting. The extent of his research is boggling and I celebrate the totality of his indexing in this book. (I like books with good indexes) His personal interviews combined with hours of digging through mundane documents of bureaucracy have certainly paid off. If any government wanted to both compile and analyze the details Gertz did, how many committees and sub-committees would have had to be assembled?

His documentation on China supplying weapons to al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 is no less than maddening. What have those weapons been used for? Were they used by al Qaeda assisted terrorists in Beslan?

Russia and France don't come out looking any better in their cooperation with Saddam Hussein after the 2003 Iraq war broke out. Huh, no wonder they were comfortable with the UN status quo.

Gertz absolutely shames the UN in their exploitation of the "oil for food" program. Make sure you have a bottle of antacid handy before getting too deep into this - otherwise a person could end up burning a hole through their esophagus.

His conclusions were a little simplistic and pretty obvious. He suggests we need 1. good reliable intelligence 2. the ability to execute quickly on that information 3. cooperation from allies.

Much of Gertz work suggests international alliances are to be pursued with great care. Or, at a minimum, pursuing trusting relationships with some countries may be downright foolish. Trust takes time to rebuild. It's true in personal relationships. It's true with international ones as well.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a must read. Find out how France and Russia helped Sadam Hussein. Read about the hypocrisy of the french and how french supplied missiles and nuclear weapons were found in Baghdag.

Must reading for all Americans. Find out how our "friends" and foes have been secretly helping the enemy.
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By GloryApp on September 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I obtained an advanced copy of this book, and I was so enthralled, I read it straight through. The subtle intensity of the story wouldn't let me put it down. It was aptly detailed and really made me think about the way the government is running things. The author clearly seems to have incredible sources and contacts, and I am frankly all the more knowledgable because I have read it. As a reporter myself, I have been starved for an intelligent political book such as this one. I don't want to give away any details, but I would HIGHLY Recommend this book for those interested in the real deal behind America's National Security.
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Zut Alors! Nothing new here about the French. That country has been friends with the US only when they had a vested interest served in doing so. The French have typically done this, going all the way back to the American Revolution and the Barbary Coast (once helping, once hamstringing US efforts). That Gertz reveals the venal nature of Chirac and his crony-ocracy as involved in thwarting the UN sanctions and attempting to avert US military action should surprise no one. It is surprising that Gertz leads off his book with the French and then the less offensive Germans before dealing with the Russians and the Chinese. The documents at the back of the book show these countries to be friends of the civilized world in name only. Saddam's army was found to have 12 million Russian items, 377K Chinese items and only 115k from France. Many of these items arrived after the UN sanctions were in place and were purchased with funds pilfered from the oil for food program run by Annan and the UN.

Gertz's salient assertion is that the biggest struggle is still ahead as we demilitarize those that would subvert freedom for personal gain. Hopefully after Beslan, the Russians have begun to change course and restrict arms and technology transfers to despots with petro-dollars to spend. Hopefully the Chinese are also reassessing their support of the DPRK as they tumble like a rabid puppy into the anti-proliferation spotlight. Unfortunately, it seems these autocratic governments are but a financial crisis away from dumping modern armaments and technology at the feet of the highest bidder.
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