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Operation Shakespeare: the true story of an elite international sting

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Simon & Schuster,
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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
On today's high-tech battlefields, the most lethal weapons are not the big ones, but rather the ones that are small enough to be smuggled inside a pack of chewing gum. Microchips. Gyroscopes. Radar-cloaking and night-vision technology. Developed and manufactured in the United States at extraordinary cost, these tiny weapons of war--which can guide missiles, see through walls, and trigger anything from a wireless IED to a nuclear weapon--are what currently give the U.S. its military advantage. Unfortunately, they are increasingly being discovered in the hands of our enemies. In Operation Shakespeare , Pulitzer Prize finalist John Shiffman tells the true story of an elaborate sting operation launched by an elite Homeland Security team that was created to stop Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea from stealing U.S. military technology. The sting, codenamed Operation Shakespeare to disguise its true nature, targets an Iranian arms broker who works on behalf of Tehran. Over the course of three years, the American agents go undercover to outwit not only the Iranian, but U.S. defense contractors and bankers willing to put profit over national security. The chase moves around the world, from Philadelphia to Shiraz, London to Dubai, Beverly Hills to Tbilisi. A mysterious British informant helps the U.S. team lure the Iranian to a former Soviet republic. The Iranian walks into the sting carrying a laptop containing a road map to Tehran's secret military plans. As the United States tries to bring the Iranian to justice, his own government plots to assassinate him, fearful of what he might reveal. More than a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase, Operation Shakespeare opens our eyes to a vast secret war the United States is waging across the globe. How does rocket guidance technology that is manufactured in California wind up in the hands of terrorists in Lebanon? How do IED triggers travel from the factories of Arizona to insurgents on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan? In addition to answering questions like these, Operation Shakespeare reveals how many of the world's biggest banks have systematically helped enemy states conceal trillions of dollars' worth of wire transactions over the past decades. Shiffman also bares others who put profits over U.S. troops, including a major corporation that hands night vision secrets to China and an American scientist who helps Beijing develop stealth technology. Tenacious, richly detailed, and boasting unprecedented access to both the Iranian broker and the U.S. agents who caught him, Operation Shakespeare combines the rigor of the best investigative journalism with the drama of Homeland . The result is a fast-paced, masterful account of a little-explored front in the national security wars: the covert struggle to preserve American military supremacy and protect U.S. troops.
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Grouping Titleoperation shakespeare the true story of an elite international sting
Grouping Authorshiffman john
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2020-07-06 23:11:01PM
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display_descriptionA narrative account of a national security sting designed to protect U.S. soldiers, sailors and pilots from enemies armed with American weapons traces the efforts of an elite undercover Homeland Security unit to track down an elusive Iranian broker.
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subject_facetArms transfers
Illegal arms transfers
Intelligence service -- United States
National security -- United States
Operation Shakespeare, 2004-2009
Technology transfer -- Government policy -- United States
Terrorism -- Prevention -- United States
Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention
Undercover operations -- United States
United States. -- Department of Homeland Security
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
title_displayOperation Shakespeare : the true story of an elite international sting
title_fullOperation Shakespeare : the true story of an elite international sting / John Shiffman
Operation Shakespeare : the true story of an elite international sting [electronic resource] / John Shiffman
title_shortOperation Shakespeare
title_subthe true story of an elite international sting
topic_facetArms transfers
Government policy
Illegal arms transfers
Intelligence service
National security
Operation Shakespeare, 2004-2009
Technology transfer
Undercover operations
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009