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The Small Arms Trade

The Small Arms Trade [Kindle Edition]

Matthew & Smith, Dan & Stohl, Rachel Schroeder

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A Beginner's Guide is much too modest a title. This uniquely valuable book combines historical depth, contemporary insights, scholarly analysis and prudent advocacy to make it far more than a primer for the untutored. --Joe Smaldone, Former Chief, Weapons and Technology Control Division, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, U.S. State Department; and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University.

Schroeder, Smith and Stohl have produced what will surely become an indispensable reference for any reader interested in the nature and consequences of the trade in small arms and the policies needed to effectively deal with the lethal consequences of such trade. --Moisés Naim, Editor of Foreign Policy magazine and author of Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and copycats are hijacking the global economy

To gain a perspective on the lower end of weapons technology, The Small Arms Trade makes for elucidating reading. --Defense Technology International.

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Small Arms are responsible for over half a million deaths each year. Despite this terrifying statistic, millions of guns flow into the streets of the world each year. It is a multi-billion dollar industry, and one which is barely regulated. From AK-47s to M16 rifles; from Terrorist-owned shoulder-fired missiles to child soldiers, this enlightening guide reveals the disturbing reality behind the murky underworld of international arms trading. Explaining how deals can often operate on the edge of legality, and listing the world's main players, it goes on to ask how the exchange of small arms can be tightened in the future. Full of insight and anticipating the danger of ever lighter and more powerful weapons, this is required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the world today and one of the key threats to development, prosperity and international peace.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (31 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZE7JZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #865,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not about Small Arms Trade at all. 27 Jan 2010
By Preston Buck - Published on
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This book used dubious statistics to promote the UN treaty to reduce small arms. That's it. Nothing on how the arms trade actually works. No end-user certificates, shipping methods or any informative details.

Just a treatise on the history of the AK-47 and RPG; various atrocities committed in different parts of the world; and why passing the UN treaty on gun control is so important.

I won't even donate this one to the public library's book sale.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Arms Trade review 13 May 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
As an investigative journalist specializing in organized crime and black markets, I found this book particularly enlightening. As a beginner's guide, it elucidates clearly how the small arms trade is a global concern. With clear prose, the book's authors make a clear argument for why global leaders should be worried about this under-reported phenomenon.

Not new to the study of small arms, I also found the book a refreshing review that goes beyond a beginner's interests. After reading Schroeder's chapters, I learned a great deal about portable air defense systems in Nicaragua, an important issue for the region I cover and for US leaders.

Overall, I give this book a high mark because it caters to students in their search for a complete understanding of the small arms trade. For venerated researchers and experts, this book is also a worthwhile reference.

I look forward to the next edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 31 May 2013
By P. Randolph - Published on
Simplistic. Ignores legal owners-hunters and sport shooters. Lots of cliques. Gun control wish list. The UN should not be involved.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here 1 May 2013
By brenejohn - Published on
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While some of the facts in this are interesting, there does not seem to be anything new or extraordinary in this book. Most of what is presented could have been found online easily enough, and for free.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer on small arms 18 Jun 2013
By Jonah Leff - Published on
As a practitioner in the field of small arms, I have found this book extremely useful, and am not aware of any other books that so thoroughly cover the many dimensions of the small arms trade. Schroeder and Stohl drive home the importance of this otherwise under-reported issue with both theoretical and technical anecdotes, which makes for an easy and fascinating read.
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