The Shadow World, By Andrew Feinstein


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Fuelled by outrage, this long, gripping book concerns "a parallel world of money, corruption, deceit and death" – the global arms trade.

One of the chief protagonists is Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, who got a £1bn sweetener from the UK company BAE Systems for "probably the most corrupt transaction" in arms history.

Some of this money "inadvertently" flowed from Bandar's wife's bank account to two 9/11 hijackers. Another beneficiary of the deal was Mark Thatcher. Astonishing and sickening in equal measure.