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The Atomic Bazaar - Professor William Langewiesche

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Published: 29th April 2008
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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. 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. An "Economist" Book of the YearA "Los Angeles Times" Favorite Book of the YearA Quill Book Award FinalistA "Christian Science Monitor" Best Book of the Year
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. ""The Atomic Bazaar" is an excellent introduction to this most discomfiting topic. It is remarkably comprehensive for a short book, especially given its pacy narrative. Through detailed reporting--from closed nuclear cities in the southern Urals to smuggler trails in Kurdistan--the author corrects many popular misunderstandings about the nuclear business."--"The Economist" "One need read only the first three pages of "The Atomic Bazaar" to be reminded of William Langewiesche's formidable talent as a journalist whose cool, precise and economical reporting is harnessed to an invigorating moral and intellectual perspective on the world he describes. In a single paragraph, he lucidly explains the basic physics of the uranium-based atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima . . . "The Atomic Bazaar" is an important book."--Jonathan Raban, "The New York Times Book Review
"" The book] strings together four separate sections. Its opening glimpses of apocalypse do strike a unifying note of high-stakes danger. Elsewhere Langewiesche] writes about the specifics of smuggling and manufacturing nuclear material; the new kinds of saber rattling that have become possible among mutually antagonistic nations; and the hubris-propelled career of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's foremost purveyor of nuclear technology. Thanks to Dr. Khan's enterprising thefts of information from Dutch centrifuge and uranium-enrichment companies, the same blueprints for disaster have found their way to Libya, North Korea, Brazil, Iraq and Iran. His book insightfully examines the perils created by this leveling of the global playing field . . . It is Mr. Langewiesche's perspective on these ominous signs that makes his book unusual. 'The nuclearization of the world has become the human condition, and it cannot be changed, ' he writes authoritatively. 'Fear of it becomes dangerous when it detracts from realistic assessments of the terrain.' Among those realistic assessments is his idea that we may be entering a period of history when limited nuclear wars are possible. 'That is the flip side of proliferation, rarely addressed in public debate, ' he writes. 'The spread of nuclear weapons, even to such countries as North Korea and Iran, may not be as catastrophic as is generally believed and certainly does not meet the category of threat than can justify the suppression of civil liberties of the pursuit of pre-emptive wars.' What we need, he says, is the clear-eyed vision 'to accept the equalities of a maturing world in which many countries have acquired atomic bombs, and some may use them.' Buried within that grim assessment is a curious kind of optimism, bolstered by the kind of tenacious reporting for which this author is well known."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times
""Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that c

"Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that can go wrong. Like a literary-minded accident investigator, he digs for every shred of evidence, without worrying about whom his conclusions might offend." --Bill Gifford, "The Washington Post Book World""" "Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject." --"The" "New York Times Book Review" " One stop shopping for the future where nations you fear will have weapons you dread. And there is little you can do about it except to read this excellent book and face the facts your government keeps secret and your leaders fail to comprehend." -- Charles Bowden, author of "Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America" "Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that can go wrong. Like a literary-minded accident investigator, he digs for every shred of evidence, without worrying about whom his conclusions might offend." -- Bill Gifford, "The Washington Post Book World""" "Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject." --"The" "New York Times Book Review" "One stop shopping for the future where nations you fear will have weapons you dread. And there is little you can do about it except to read this excellent book and face the facts your government keeps secret and your leaders fail to comprehend." --Charles Bowden, author of "Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America" "Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that can go wrong. Like a literary-minded accident investigator, he digs for every shred of evidence, without worrying about whom his conclusions might offend." --Bill Gifford, "The Washington Post Book World""" "Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject." --"The""New York Times Book Review" "One stop shopping for the future where nations you fear will have weapons you dread. And there is little you can do about it except to read this excellent book and face the facts your government keeps secret and your leaders fail to comprehend." --Charles Bowden, author of Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America

"Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that can go wrong. Like a literary-minded accident investigator, he digs for every shred of evidence, without worrying about whom his conclusions might offend." --Bill Gifford, The Washington Post Book World

"Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject." --The New York Times Book Review One stop shopping for the future where nations you fear will have weapons you dread. And there is little you can do about it except to read this excellent book and face the facts your government keeps secret and your leaders fail to comprehend. Charles Bowden, author of Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America

Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that can go wrong. Like a literary-minded accident investigator, he digs for every shred of evidence, without worrying about whom his conclusions might offend. Bill Gifford, The Washington Post Book World

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

" One stop shopping for the future where nations you fear will have weapons you dread. And there is little you can do about it except to read this excellent book and face the facts your government keeps secret and your leaders fail to comprehend. "Charles Bowden, author of Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America"

Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that can go wrong. Like a literary-minded accident investigator, he digs for every shred of evidence, without worrying about whom his conclusions might offend. "Bill Gifford, The Washington Post Book World"

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

ISBN: 9780374531324
ISBN-10: 0374531323
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 179
Published: 29th April 2008
Publisher: FARRAR STRAUSS & GIROUX
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.22 x 13.82  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.25