A History of Bribery in Britain's Arms Trade
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Guns, landmines, bombs and rockets - the arms trade brings death and destruction to millions of people around the world, many of them civilians. Yet most of these weapons are made in countries which are members of the UN Security council. Exposing...
'A remarkable book that exposes the trickery, humbug, buck-passing, and cover-ups, by successive British governments as they turned a blind eye, and even encouraged, the payment of bribes to secure British arms contracts' -- Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian 'A devastating portrait of the UK government's complicity in arms deal corruption over many decades. This superbly researched must-read account allows the facts to speak for themselves.' -- Andrew Feinstein, author The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade and founding Director of Corruption Watch UK 'Drawing on a wealth of official documents, Gilby lays bare the subterranean realities of Britain's arms trade and its corrosive impact on the wider political culture. This is a hugely impressive piece of historical research and a fascinating story' -- Professor Mark Phythian, author of The Politics of British Arms Sales Since 1964 'Heroically dogged ... Gilby assiduously unveils past sins with contemporary consequences' -- New Statesman 'A rich history of a rotten business. Gilby's meticulous research shows us just how corruption in the arms trade, sustaining some of the world's most oppressive regimes, festered and grew. And after half a century of complicity and cover-up by the British government, his findings pose the most urgent question of all: why is it still allowed to go on?' -- Richard Brooks, Private Eye, author of The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business 'Gilby produces some well-reasoned answers to the most commonly offered justifications for bribery' -- Susan Demuth, Middle East Eye
Nicholas Gilby led the Campaign Against Arms Trade's efforts to expose corruption in Britain's arms deals with Saudi Arabia. He is the author of Deception in High Places: A History of Bribery in Britain's Arms Trade (Pluto, 2014) and The No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade (2009). His research has featured in the Guardian, BBC's Newsnight and Al Jazeera.
List of Figures and Illustrations Acknowledgements Preface 1. The Chancer: Negotiating BAE's First Saudi Deals (1963-66) 2. Hand in Glove: Whitehall's Involvement in Bribery Schemes (1968-73) 3. The 'Deniable Fiddle': Dealing with the Saudi Arabian National Guard (1968-72) 4. The 'Special Relationship': Britain and the Shah of Iran (1970-78) 5. Parting Ways: British and American Corruption Scandals (1975-76) 6. At Arm's Length: How the British Government Avoided Taking Action against Corruption (1976-78) 7. Thwarted: How International Action against Corruption was Stopped in its Tracks (1975-80) 8. 'Business as Usual' (1980-2001) 9. An Investigation Interrupted: The SFO and BAE Systems (2004-10) Conclusion Notes Index