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"His book is a genuine eye-opener" -- Mail on Sunday
"courageous...it's a humorous yet heartfelt polemic...Thomas' revelations are riveting" -- The Independent
"funny, disturbing and fascinating" -- Metro
Taking up the baton from Michael Moore, the UK's foremost political comedian has written a corruscatingly funny expose of the arms trade --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Hopefully this information reaches such a wide audience to make some changes at a higher level.
Every chapter has both laugh-out-loud and truly shocking content in equal measure, and Mark Thomas clearly demontrates the immorality, greed & hypocrisy surrounding the international arms trade, in a way only he can.
If you really want to know the truth about the British 'Ethical Foreign Policy' (oh, how that makes me smile having read the book), BAEs unhealthy influence within government, how the term 'arms embargo' is utterly meaningless in the real world, the UK's pitiful record on arm control or how British schoolchildren got careers advise from an arms dealer (I kid you not), this is the book for you.
One word of warning, however. Be prepared for some late night reading, as this book is so completely engrossing, you will find yourself in the wee small hours before you know it.
This is a great book - it seems as though Mark is speaking to us on a one-2-one basis and explaining how alarmingly easy it is to become an arms trader.
Mark effortlessly moves from one subject to another - introducing hilarious characters, as well as malevolent villains and illustrating just how desensitised people become to death and murder when they get paid for it.
Books like this are enjoyable because you can share the author's rage and despair chapter by chapter. I'm a fan of Mark and was definitely not let down by his first book.
The book concentrates on describing the scale off the arms trade. It's not just some shady world populated by nameless corps and back street dealers with large mansions in some far off Caribbean island. Covering the how we as UK tax payers are funding a large portion of the world's arms trade. The book describes MT's activities in exposing the people or earn their living in the arms trade, the ease with which MT is able to form fake companies and contact various delears and expose their international law breaking activities.
It will have to laughing out loud at MT's antics, next you will be bursting with rage at how morally twisted people can be over small bits of green paper.
Only recently got into MT and I am truly ashamed that I am not out there doing more to help the world other than my measly charity donations. The world is better place with people like MT about, helping us to see outside our quiet little 9-5 lives, see the bigger picture as they say!
If you are an experienced activist this book will make you smile. If you are someone interested in the Arms Trade (Perhps you signed Amnesty's 'Control Arms' petition), and want an accessible, (and also very funny) introductory read then this is a must.
What a total surprise. Marks writing is extremely funny in a totally self depreciating way with a constant stream of surgical strikes on my laughter spot. One anecdote relating to Australian campaigners against the arms trade is painfully funny and worth the purchase fee alone. I wont spoil it by giving anything away.
Fantastic as the quality of the writing is, its also heartening to see the range of people that Mark is involved with while campaigning against the arm trade: Irish Nuns, school kids, some army bloke called Angus ("Mod pass, official escort, this is Mark Thomas, writing a book, permission to film!") as well as the motley crew of colourful protestors. Mark forms a variety of arms dealerships with the Nuns, the school kids (but not Angus), chains himself to a bus, gives evidence to a select committee in parliament and becomes HumInt for customs and excise. The arms dealerships he forms with the kids and the Nuns manage to trade in a variety of arms from AK-47's to thumb restraints and leg manacles. Some mad Israeli bloke with a stone throwing machine turns up at one point. His writing is more than funny, it is also sharply observes the people he meets and the places he finds himself in.
Totally recommended reading - should be a few copies in every school in the land.
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this was a good quality product which was received in good time. Packaged well and product was not displaying any damagePublished on 14 Jan. 2013 by ianmac
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Mark Thomas is, without question, the right man for the job. This book gives a startlingly clear insight into exactly what is wrong with the rules governing the arms trade, and it... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2010 by DaveW