Synopses & Reviews
Deception in High Places
reveals the corruption endemic in Britain's biggest arms deals over the last fifty years.
Based on painstaking research in government archives, collections of private and court papers and documents won by the author in a landmark Freedom of Information Tribunal against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the book illuminates a shadow world of bribery and elite enrichment.
Deception in High Places charts British government involvement in arms trade corruption and presents the fullest history yet of bribery in Britains arms deals with Saudi Arabia. It includes the backstory of the controversial termination of a Serious Fraud Office corruption investigation following pressure by the Saudi Royal Family and the British establishment.
"This book offers a devastating portrait of the UK government's complicity in arms deal corruption over many decades. This superbly researched must-read account allows the facts to speak for themselves. Nicholas Gilby has performed a valuable service for all of those who wish their government to enforce the law, including in relation to international corruption and human rights." - Andrew Feinstein, author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade and founding Director of Corruption Watch UK
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About the Author
Nicholas Gilby led the Campaign Against Arms Trade's efforts to expose corruption in Britain's arms deals with Saudi Arabia. He is the author of The No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade (2009) and his research has featured in the Guardian, BBC's Newsnight and Al Jazeera.
Table of Contents
1: The chancer: Negotiating BAE's first Saudi deals (1963-66)
2: Hand in Glove: Whitehalls involvement in bribery schemes (1968-73)
3: The 'deniable fiddle': Dealing with the Saudi Arabian National Guard (1968-72)
4: The 'Special Relationship': Britain and the Shah of Iran (1970-78)
5: Parting ways: British and American corruption scandals (1975-76)
6: At arms length: How the British Government avoided taking action against corruption (1976-78)
7: Thwarted: How international action against corruption was stopped in its tracks (1975-80)
8: 'Business as Usual' (1980-2001)
9: An Investigation Interrupted: The SFO & BAE Systems (2004-10)