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Guy Lawson And The Dudes

July 4, 201516 min
The tale journalist Guy Lawson tells in ARMS AND THE DUDES: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History (June 9, 2015/$27.95 hardcover) is so strange it can only be true. The story became front page news at the time it occurred, but a full account has never been accurately reported until now. The book’s subtitle might sound like a high concept premise for a movie; in fact, ARMS AND THE DUDES is currently being filmed for Warner Brothers by Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover films, with stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. In 2007, three twenty-something kids from Florida—Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizk—ended up in charge of a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. Their essential infrastructure in navigating the arcane world of defense contracting consisted of a dive apartment, an Internet connection, a few cell phones, and a steady supply of high-grade marijuana. As part o

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