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Spying on the Bomb : American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea - Jeffrey T. Richelson

Spying on the Bomb

American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea

Paperback Published: 1st August 2007
ISBN: 9780393329827
Number Of Pages: 704

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<p>A global history of U.S. nuclear espionage from its World War II origins to today's threats from rogue states. For fifty years, the United States has monitored friends and foes who seek to develop the ultimate weapon. Since 1952 the nuclear club has grown to at least eight nations, while others are making serious attempts to join. Each chapter chronologically focuses on the nuclear activities of one or more countries, intermingling what the United States believed was happening with accounts of what actually occurred in each country's laboratories, test sites, and decision-making councils. Jeffrey T. Richelson weaves recently declassified documents into his interviews with the scientists and spies involved in the nuclear espionage. The book reveals new information about U.S. intelligence work on the Soviet/Russian, French, Chinese, Indian, Israeli, and South African nuclear programs; on the attempts to solve the mysterious Vela Incident; and on current efforts to uncover the nuclear secrets of Iran and North Korea. The book also includes spy satellite photographs never before extracted from the national archives.</p><p>The updated paperback edition includes analysis of the diplomatic maneuvering and intelligence activities that have taken place over the last year in the continued attempt to halt Iran's quest for nuclear weapons. 46 photographs, 4 maps. </p>

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"Richelson's exhaustive research has uncovered the fascinating stories of how American intelligence spied on our enemies and our allies over the past six decades in an effort to discover their nuclear secrets. The mixed record of success and failure provides important lessons for today as we try to learn what the North Koreans are up to." -- Robert S. Norris, author of Racing for the Bomb
"Richelson writes with admirable clarity." -- New York Times Book Review
"Full of tense and suspenseful turns." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Spying on the Bomb...is especially damning in demonstrating how this costly array of gadgetry in the air, on land and beneath the sea still leaves us guessing about different nations' nuclear capabilities." -- Los Angeles Times
"Searching and informed analysis of our nation's nuclear espionage." -- Booklist
"A magisterial history of the U.S. nuclear intelligence effort." -- Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

List of Mapsp. 9
Prefacep. 11
A Terrifying Prospect: Nazi Germanyp. 17
Lightning Strikes: The Soviet Union 1945-1953p. 62
The View from Above: The Soviet Union 1954-1961p. 105
Mao's Explosive Thoughts: The People's Republic of China through 1968p. 137
An Elated General, a Smiling Buddha: France and India through 1974p. 195
"Pariahs": Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan through the 1970sp. 236
The Double Flash: The Vela Incident: September 1979p. 383
Rogues: Iraq, North Korea, Libya, and Pakistan through 1991p. 317
"Pariahs" Revisited: Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan in the 1980s and early 1990sp. 360
Big Bangs: French and Chinese testing; suspected Russian testing in the 1990sp. 401
Pokhran Surprise: Indian and Pakistani tests in May 1998p. 427
Inspectors and Spies: Iraq from the end of the Gulf War through December 1998p. 447
Flawed Intelligence: Iraq, 1999-2004p. 470
Trouble Waiting to Happen: Iran and North Korea, from the 1990s to 2005p. 503
Epilogue: Iran and North Korea, 2006-2007p. 545
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 569
Acknowledgmentsp. 573
Notesp. 575
Indexp. 705
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ISBN: 9780393329827
ISBN-10: 0393329828
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 1st August 2007
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.01
Edition Number: 1

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