Former Arms Dealer Efraim Diveroli Publishes His True Life Memoir at Core of Suit Against Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Warner Bros

  • Date: Jun 10, 2016
  • Category: Books

The real-life arms dealer, Efraim Diveroli, played by Jonah Hill in upcoming summer flick ‘War Dogs’ goes public with his personal memoir, Once A Gun Runner… Continue reading

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Jun 10, 2016 /prREACH/ -- MIAMI, June 9, 2016 - The former gun runner, Efraim Diveroli,who is the real-life inspiration for Jonah Hill's character in this summer’s upcoming Todd Phillips movie, 'War Dogs' has released his personal memoir, Once A Gun Runner... to the public.

The new book is at the center of a controversial and recently filed federal lawsuit against Warner Bros, Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, and other big name Hollywood entities by Incarcerated Entertainment, a company created by Diveroli and his business partner, Ross Reback. The suit states that Diveroli authored a 360-page manuscript and the company shopped the motion picture rights to his story.

In an exhaustively detailed complaint, they claim that Reback communicated to Phillips and the studio and offered to provide them a copy of the manuscript to discuss the rights for a feature-film, which Phillips was already working on based only on a Rolling Stone article, but was turned down.

According to the suit, Diveroli and Reback were subsequently contacted by producer Elliott Kahn and his partner Simon “Shimmy” Spira, providing them with a copy of the manuscript, after both first signed non-disclosure agreements. Spira however, turned out to be the son of Steven S. Spira, Warner Bros.’ President of Worldwide Business Affairs.

The lawsuit alleges that around that same time, Phillips was working on a rewrite of the ‘War Dogs’ script, as he was having difficulties writing the screenplay from the limited source material of the magazine article; and that “Shimmy” Spira could have easily made the manuscript available to his father to give to Phillips, thereby giving him unauthorized access to it. “Shimmy” Spira’s home address is listed as the same as his father’s.

As of this date, all defendants including Warner Bros., Phillips, Cooper, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, The Mark Gordon Company, 22nd and Green Productions, and Kahn have been served the suit, with the exception of Spira, who has managed to avoid process servers since the lawsuit’s filing on April 28th.

Diveroli says, “This book is the real deal, It's hardcore in hardcover."

Book Synopsis:

A true story almost so outrageous, it reads like 'The Wolf of Wall Street' meets 'Lord of War,' Once A Gun Runner... is Efraim Diveroli’s personal memoir containing his brutally honest, riveting, detailed, funny, and fascinating first-person inside account of his incredible life story.

Efraim Diveroli was an 18-year-old pot smoking high school dropout when he decided to enter the murky world of international arms dealing. A brash young man from a Jewish Orthodox family in Miami Beach, barely old enough to drink in 2007 when at age 21 his company AEY, Inc. was awarded a nearly $300 million dollar contract from the Pentagon to supply weapons and munitions to the U.S. Army and the fledgling Afghan security forces for the fight against the Taliban - a stunning accomplishment!

Diveroli was soon negotiating deals with foreign defense ministers, holding meetings at embassies, and taking calls from Army brass. He traveled the world and encountered some very shady operators – including dubious weapons traders, crooked diplomats, and unsavory merchants of death. But with the fearlessness of youth, he forged full speed ahead.

Rolling Stone magazine said of Diveroli, “His competition was mostly big corporations like Northrop Grumman, Lockheed and BAE Systems. Those companies had entire departments dedicated to selling to the Pentagon. But Diveroli had his own advantages: low overhead, an appetite for risk and all-devouring ambition.”

He was on his way to securing government contracts approaching nearly half a billion dollars, while living the life of a rock star - until the Pentagon turned on him - and his American dream became an American nightmare. Details magazine declared of Diveroli, “He would become a symbol of a mismanaged war effort and the target of an embarrassed, vengeful Washington.”


ONCE A GUN RUNNER… A Memoir By Efraim Diveroli with Matthew B. Cox is now available in hardcover editions and digital versions directly through and, iTunes, Amazon in Kindle format, Barnes & Noble ( in nook format.

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Ross Reback

“With all of these unauthorized versions of my life story, I felt compelled to respond to set the record straight and tell the true story of what really happened.”
- Efraim Diveroli
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