Private Warriors
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286 pages / / 9781859843253

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Widely-researched and fast-paced, Private Warriors surveys the generals, gun-runners and national security staffers who were cast adrift at the end of the Cold War and who now operate in the private sector. In these pages we encounter Ernst Werner Glatt, a right-wing German who was for many years the Pentagon’s preferred gun-runner; ex-Secretary of State Alexander Haig who now lobbies for China and assists in selling weapons to Turkey; and Frank Gaffney, an ex-Pentagon official who has grown rich by promoting the biggest boondoggle of them all, Star Wars. Today’s private warriors have a direct financial interest in war and the connections to push for the maintenance of bloated military budgets.


Private Warriors is an important book that exposes the seamy underside of U.S. defense policy—and illuminates some of the reasons we are still mired in a Cold War mode. Silverstein reveals the incestuous relationship between the arms industry and the U.S. government, and how together they are selling weapons to Third World countries that don’t need them and can’t afford them.”

“First-rate journalism by an indefatigable reporter.”

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