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Deadly Business: Sam Cummings, Interarms, and the Arms Trade
Deadly Business: Sam Cummings, Interarms, and the Arms Trade
By Patrick Brogan and Albert Zarca
Norton, 1983, 384 pp.

The underworld of the arms trade-not the F-15s or AWACS but the rifles and machine guns passed on from country to country-is the province of Sam Cummings, who is said to control 90 percent of the world's private trade in guns. This fast-paced book by two European journalists is about Mr. Cummings, who resides in Monte Carlo and Villars, Switzerland, from where he runs his Interarms company, and who sees himself as just another successful businessman. Selling weapons can be like selling washing machines, clean and legal, and need not involve moral scruples. The authors provide many fascinating details of arms deals, often in a Third World setting.