Arms and the dudes true story

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

The page-turning, inside account of how three kids from Florida became big-time weapons traders—and how the US government turned on them.

In January of 2007, three young stoners from Miami Beach won a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. Incredibly, instead of fulfilling the order with high-quality arms, Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizki—the dudes—bought cheap Communist-style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners. The dudes then secretly repackaged millions of rounds of shoddy Chinese ammunition and shipped it to Kabul—until they were caught by Pentagon investigators and the scandal turned up on the front page of The New York Times.

That’s the “official” story. The truth is far more explosive. For the first time, journalist Guy Lawson tells the thrilling true tale. It’s a trip that goes from a dive apartment in Miami Beach to mountain caves in Albania, the corridors of power in Washington, and the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawson’s account includes a shady Swiss gunrunner, Russian arms dealers, corrupt Albanian gangsters, and a Pentagon investigation that impeded America’s war efforts in Afghanistan. Lawson exposes the mysterious and murky world of global arms dealing, showing how the American military came to use private contractors like Diveroli, Packouz, and Podrizki as middlemen to secure weapons from illegal arms dealers—the same men who sell guns to dictators, warlords, and drug traffickers.

This is a story you were never meant to read.
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So I persisted and got a few breaks and the truth eventually emerged, in all of The Afghan arms deal the dudes won is the perfect example of.
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Efraim Diveroli was 19 in November when he enlisted the help of his old pal David Packouz, who was 23 at the time. The movie falsely states that they're the same age. At the time of filming, the actors were also older than their real-life counterparts were when the events unfolded. Jonah Hill was 31 and Miles Teller The real War Dogs, Diveroli and Packouz, had known each other from hanging out and smoking pot during the days when they both attended Beth Israel Congregation, the largest Orthodox synagogue in Miami Beach.

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  1. We pit the War Dogs movie vs. the true story of the real War Dogs, stoner Rolling Stone article that evolved into his book Arms and the Dudes.

  2. Efraim Diveroli (born December 20, ) is an American former arms dealer and author. . The story of Diveroli's arms deals is the subject of the Todd Phillips comedy/drama film War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill as Diveroli and Miles Teller as his partner.

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