War Dogs by Guy LawsonSoon to be a major motion picture from the director of The Hangover starring Jonah Hill, the page-turning, behind-closed-doors account of how three kids from Florida became big-time weapons traders for the government and how the Pentagon later turned on them.
In January of 2007, three young stoners from Miami Beach were put in charge of a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. 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 trio 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, Albanian thugs, and a Pentagon investigation that caused ammunition shortages for the Afghanistan military. 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.
Parent reviews for War Dogs
A slick businessman Jonah Hill offers an old friend Miles Teller a partnership as an arms dealer and they travel to Jordan, Iraq, and Albania to make lucrative deals with shady characters and terrorists. Directed by Todd Phillips. Several lines of dialogue are in Albanian and Arabic with and without English subtitles. A woman wears a series of short-shorts that reveal most of her bare thighs and lower legs. A few beach scenes feature women wearing skimpy bikinis that bare buttocks, cleavage and abdomens while men wear knee length shorts. Two strippers in a dimly lit club wear over-the-knee boots and bikinis while they gyrate we see buttocks, legs, backs, shoulders, and a side view of cleavage.
It's too enamored with its glib arms dealer heroes, and although it's packed with scenes that might have inspired moral whiplash in works like " Scarface ," " Goodfellas " and " The Wolf of Wall Street "—to name three superb films about guys who get equally high on drugs and the adrenaline rush of living outside the law, and that "War Dogs" references constantly—they're always softened by Hollywood special pleading: Aren't these guys adorable and funny? Don't you love what good friends they are? Don't you admire their audacity? Look at how troubled the hero seems—don't you feel for him? Director and co-writer Todd Phillips the "Hangover" trilogy would seem to be an ideal, or at least promising, person to tell this tale of a couple of pipsqueak Miami arms dealers who make a fortune providing guns and bullets to the US military during the height of the Bush administration's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But "War Dogs," which is based on a Rolling Stone article and a subsequent book by Guy Lawson , lacks the courage of its convictions. Tone-wise, it's all over the map.
Filming began on March 2, in Romania. Pictures on August 19, David spends his life savings on high-quality bedsheets to resell to retirement homes, but the venture fails. Efraim explains that military equipment orders are posted on a public website, and their job is to bid for small orders ignored by larger contractors but still worth millions. Local businessman Ralph Slutzky provides them funding, under the false belief that AEY only sells arms to protect Israel.