Merchant of Death


Douglas Farah, former West African
bureau chief of the Washington Post, and Stephen Braun, Pulitzer-prize winning
national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, will join us for a discussion
about Victor Bout, the focus of their new book Merchant of Death: Money,
Guns, Planes and the Man Who Makes War Possible.
 Bout is a
former Soviet intelligence official who quietly amassed a fleet of old cargo
planes as the Cold War came to an end.  In the process, he created a
global air network that became a central contributor to conflicts around the
world by supplying money, guns and planes to Charles Taylor’s Liberia,
Sierra Leone,
the Congo,
the Taliban in Afghanistan,
and eventually Iraq.

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