The Atomic Bazaar

The Atomic Bazaar

The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

Book - 2007
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William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production, presenting the story of the inexorable drift of nuclear weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374106782
0374106789
Branch Call Number: 355.0217
Characteristics: 179 p. : map ; 22 cm.

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Good, quick read that is still timely though it is a decade old. THE ATOMIC BAZAAR deals with nuclear proliferation. The first part susses out the possibility of a non-state actor acquiring a bomb (not likely); the majority of the book deals with A.Q. Khan and how Pakistan was able to develop its "Muslim Bomb." One of the interesting takeaways is Langewiesche's assessment that the CIA knew what was happening the whole time. Langewiesche is silent about who were the principal backers, besides the state of Pakistan itself, of the Khan network, though he hints at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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