The True Story of How Three Stoners From Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: July 26, 2016
Featuring: Alex Podrizki; David Packouz; Efraim Diveroli
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Hardcover (April 2015)
Non-Fiction Biography | True Crime
Soon to be a major motion picture from the director of
The Hangover starring Jonah Hill, the page-turning,
behind-closed-doors account of how three kids from Florida
became big-time weapons traders for the government and how
the Pentagon later turned on them.
In January of 2007, three young stoners from Miami Beach
were put in charge of a $300 million Department of Defense
contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military.
Instead of fulfilling the order with high-quality arms,
Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizki (the
dudes) bought cheap Communist-style surplus ammunition from
Balkan gunrunners. The trio then secretly repackaged
millions of rounds of shoddy Chinese ammunition and shipped
it to Kabul—until they were caught by Pentagon investigators
and the scandal turned up on the front page of The
New York Times.
That’s the “official” story. The truth is far more
explosive. For the first time, journalist Guy Lawson tells
the thrilling true tale. It’s a trip that goes from a dive
apartment in Miami Beach to mountain caves in Albania, the
corridors of power in Washington, and the frontlines of Iraq
and Afghanistan. Lawson’s account includes a shady Swiss
gunrunner, Russian arms dealers, Albanian thugs, and a
Pentagon investigation that caused ammunition shortages for
the Afghanistan military. Lawson exposes the mysterious and
murky world of global arms dealing, showing how the American
military came to use private contractors like Diveroli,
Packouz, and Podrizki as middlemen to secure weapons from
illegal arms dealers—the same men who sell guns to
dictators, warlords, and drug traffickers.
This is a story you were never meant to read.
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