Lawson, Guy

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Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

This is a thrilling portrait of three men who were in a position they never should have found themselves. Lawson clearly shows all of the parts as events start to unravel. For fans of entrepreneurial tales, military contract work, and lovers of the movie Lord of War. [Warner Brothers is making a film version, directed by Todd Phillips.—Ed.]

Octopus: Sam Israel, The Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con

This is a fantastic read. Lawson observes that much of his information is from a noted con man and he had no way of verifying it. Often it feels as if Lawson himself was in thrall to Israel’s charms, but the story is so riveting that readers are unlikely to care whether everything is completely accurate. Recommended for those who devour stories of deception.

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