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5.0 out of 5 stars The Arms Trade.
This is one of a series of No-Nonsense Guides. An important book that should be studied in every home, school and university. If all armed disputes in the third world were to cease today, all the economies of prosperous nation would collapse tomorrow.
Published on 26 Oct 2009 by K. W. Sharratt

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3.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect book on a very important topic
The cover page verdict that everyone should have a basic understanding of how the arms trade functions is probably correct, however this is sadly not the book to provide such an understanding adequately well. The authors - an anti arms trade activist - seems to first preach to the quire in that the reasons for controlling arms trade are often presented as given, with...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect book on a very important topic, 27 Dec 2013
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This review is from: No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade (No-Nonsense Guides) (Kindle Edition)
The cover page verdict that everyone should have a basic understanding of how the arms trade functions is probably correct, however this is sadly not the book to provide such an understanding adequately well. The authors - an anti arms trade activist - seems to first preach to the quire in that the reasons for controlling arms trade are often presented as given, with sometimes inadequate or very scattered support. On top of this more salient research and a better structure of the book would have been very helpful in better bringing the points across.

Starting with the structure, the main topics of a chapter are written in a bulletpoint list at the start and then each is presented briefly, with no transitions or integration into the wider picture provided. They also do not usually display a natural sequence or connection that would be glaringly obvious to the reader. This makes the book appear more like a series of very short vignettes on various aspects of the arms trade than a coherent unified piece of writing.

The second issue is the content. While few people will expect lots of primary research from a 'No Nonsense Guide' - and none is provided - I still found most of the content either dated, not particularly novel or not adequately explained. This is certainly not a worthy follow-on to something like Forsyth's Biafra Story, where the whole mechanism of international arms trade was researched in depth and presented to an industry outsider for the first time.

In spite of the criticisms mentioned I still find the topic important for the understanding of international relations and some of the numbers provided - even if dated - will at least give readers an order of magnitude appreciation of the scale of the issues. Sadly the book does not do the subject adequate justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Arms Trade., 26 Oct 2009
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This is one of a series of No-Nonsense Guides. An important book that should be studied in every home, school and university. If all armed disputes in the third world were to cease today, all the economies of prosperous nation would collapse tomorrow.
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