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The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

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In his shocking and revelatory new work, the celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production. This is the story of the inexorable drift of nuclear weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations find ways of acquiring the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-sponsored nuclear activity have soared to frightening heights. Even more disturbing is the likelihood of such weapons being manufactured and deployed by guerrilla non-state terrorists.

Langewiesche also recounts the recent history of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist at the forefront of nuclear development and trade in the Middle East who masterminded the theft and sale of centrifuge designs that helped to build Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, and who single-handedly peddled nuclear plans to North Korea, Iran, and other potentially hostile countries. He then examines in dramatic and tangible detail the chances for nuclear terrorism.

From Hiroshima to the present day, Langewiesche describes a reality of urgent consequence to us all. This searing, provocative, and timely report is a triumph of investigative journalism, and a masterful laying out of the most critical political problem the world now faces.

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"Reading William Langewiesche's new book is like going to a concert and discovering that your favorite rock star is having an off night. The sublime talent rings through in a few electric riffs. The voice registers the deep truth of heavy experience in two or three places. But the show doesn't hold together from start to finish.

The first theme we hear in 'The Atomic Bazaar,' a series... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"William Langewiesche makes a depressing, persuasive case that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a dead letter." Dallas Morning News

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"There is no other way to say it: The Atomic Bazaar is an important book. An urgent book. A book about the likelihood that Pakistan or India or Iran or North Korea or a stateless terrorist clique will initiate a war by using a nuclear weapon." Denver Post

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"[A] straightforward, elegantly concise narrative....[E]ssential reading." Hartford Courant

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"[Langewiesche's] book insightfully examines the perils created by this leveling of the global playing field." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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"Depressing but essential reading." Kirkus Reviews

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"Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject." The New York Times Book Review

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"Langewiesche's bracing expose of nuclear criminality blasts away the ubiquitous misinformation usually attendant on this alarming subject." Booklist

Synopsis:

In his shocking and revelatory new work, the celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production. This is the story of the inexorable drift of nuclear weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations find ways of acquiring the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-sponsored nuclear activity have soared to frightening heights. Even more disturbing is the likelihood of such weapons being manufactured and deployed by guerrilla non-state terrorists.
 
Langewiesche also recounts the recent history of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist at the forefront of nuclear development and trade in the Middle East who masterminded the theft and sale of centrifuge designs that helped to build Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, and who single-handedly peddled nuclear plans to North Korea, Iran, and other potentially hostile countries. He then examines in dramatic and tangible detail the chances for nuclear terrorism.
 
From Hiroshima to the present day, Langewiesche describes a reality of urgent consequence to us all. This searing, provocative, and timely report is a triumph of investigative journalism, and a masterful laying out of the most critical political problem the world now faces.

Synopsis:

In his shocking and revelatory new work, a celebrated journalist investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production. From Hiroshima to the present day, Langewiesche describes a reality of urgent consequence to all.

About the Author

William Langewiesche is the author of five previous books, Cutting for Sign, Sahara Unveiled, Inside the Sky, American Ground, and, most recently, The Outlaw Sea. He is currently International Correspondent for Vanity Fair, and was for years a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, where this book originated.

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min7586, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by min7586)
Bought this book and Outlaw Sea for my dad, he loved it but not quite as much as Outlaw Sea.
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ericgant, June 24, 2007 (view all comments by ericgant)
There is only perfunctory, speculative coverage of a possible terrorist bomb, however, this is outweighed by an in depth look at recent nuclear proliferation. The story of Abdul Khan, the Pakistani scientist at the heart of recent weapons development is told in full. From his key role in Pakistan?s acquisition of the bomb to his peddling of weapons knowledge to the highest bidder the impact of this one man is explored. If you want to understand how North Korea got the bomb and how Iran came to be on the edge of becoming a nuclear power this is the book to read. The author does not look away from the involvement of a number of European companies in the process. He outlines the willingness of some firms to skirt or avoid export requirements to make a sale. An important book on recent history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374106782
Subtitle:
Dispatches from the Underground World of Nuclear Trafficking
Author:
Langewiesche, William
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Nuclear weapons
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
International Relations - Arms Control
Subject:
Arms Control
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Map
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.83 x 5.88 x 0.56 in

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Product details 192 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux - English 9780374106782 Reviews:
"Review" by , "William Langewiesche makes a depressing, persuasive case that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a dead letter."
"Review" by , "There is no other way to say it: The Atomic Bazaar is an important book. An urgent book. A book about the likelihood that Pakistan or India or Iran or North Korea or a stateless terrorist clique will initiate a war by using a nuclear weapon."
"Review" by , "[A] straightforward, elegantly concise narrative....[E]ssential reading."
"Review" by , "[Langewiesche's] book insightfully examines the perils created by this leveling of the global playing field."
"Review" by , "Depressing but essential reading."
"Review" by , "Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject."
"Review" by , "Langewiesche's bracing expose of nuclear criminality blasts away the ubiquitous misinformation usually attendant on this alarming subject."
"Synopsis" by ,
In his shocking and revelatory new work, the celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production. This is the story of the inexorable drift of nuclear weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations find ways of acquiring the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-sponsored nuclear activity have soared to frightening heights. Even more disturbing is the likelihood of such weapons being manufactured and deployed by guerrilla non-state terrorists.
 
Langewiesche also recounts the recent history of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist at the forefront of nuclear development and trade in the Middle East who masterminded the theft and sale of centrifuge designs that helped to build Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, and who single-handedly peddled nuclear plans to North Korea, Iran, and other potentially hostile countries. He then examines in dramatic and tangible detail the chances for nuclear terrorism.
 
From Hiroshima to the present day, Langewiesche describes a reality of urgent consequence to us all. This searing, provocative, and timely report is a triumph of investigative journalism, and a masterful laying out of the most critical political problem the world now faces.
"Synopsis" by , In his shocking and revelatory new work, a celebrated journalist investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production. From Hiroshima to the present day, Langewiesche describes a reality of urgent consequence to all.
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