Profiling the 21st Century's 'Merchant of Death'

Russian arms dealer Victor Bout has armed Islamic extremists and sold weapons to some of the Third World's most abusive and murderous dictators and warlords — and he's known for fueling both sides of conflicts.

His success is rooted in the legacy of the Cold War, whose messy unraveling left him with easy access to massive inventories of weapons and ammunition built up by the Soviets. We talk about Bout with journalists Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun, who've co-written a book about him: Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible.

Books Featured In This Story

Merchant of Death

Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible

by Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun

Hardcover, 308 pages | purchase

Purchase Featured Book

Title
Merchant of Death
Subtitle
Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible
Author
Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.