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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by Dallas Morning News,
"William Langewiesche makes a depressing, persuasive case that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is a dead letter."
by Denver Post,
"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."
by Hartford Courant,
"[A] straightforward, elegantly concise narrative....[E]ssential reading."
by Janet Maslin, New York Times,
"[Langewiesche's] book insightfully examines the perils created by this leveling of the global playing field."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Depressing but essential reading."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject."
"Langewiesche's bracing expose of nuclear criminality blasts away the ubiquitous misinformation usually attendant on this alarming subject."
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.
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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