Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network

Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network

by Gordon Corera
     
 


A.Q. Khan was the world's leading black market dealer in nuclear technology, described by a former CIA Director as "at least as dangerous as Osama bin Laden." A hero in Pakistan and revered as the Father of the Bomb, Khan built a global clandestine network that sold the most closely guarded nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea, and Libya.

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A.Q. Khan was the world's leading black market dealer in nuclear technology, described by a former CIA Director as "at least as dangerous as Osama bin Laden." A hero in Pakistan and revered as the Father of the Bomb, Khan built a global clandestine network that sold the most closely guarded nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea, and Libya.

Here for the first time is the riveting inside story of the rise and fall of A.Q. Khan and his role in the devastating spread of nuclear technology over the last thirty years. Drawing on exclusive interviews with key players in Islamabad, London, and Washington, as well as with members of Khan's own network, BBC journalist Gordon Corera paints a truly unsettling picture of the ultimate arms bazaar. Corera reveals how Khan operated within a world of shadowy deals among rogue states and how his privileged position in Pakistan provided him with the protection to build his unique and deadly business empire. It explains why and how he was able to operate so freely for so many years. Brimming with revelations, the book provides new insight into Iran's nuclear ambitions and how close Tehran may be to the bomb.

In addition, the book contains startling new information on how the CIA and MI6 penetrated Khan's network, how the U.S. and UK ultimately broke Khan's ring, and how they persuaded Pakistan's President Musharraf to arrest a national hero. The book also provides the first detailed account of the high-wire dealings with Muammar Gadaffi, which led to Libya's renunciation of nuclear weapons and which played a key role in Khan's downfall.

The spread of nuclear weapons technology around the globe presents the greatest security challenge of our time. Shopping for Bombs presents a unique window into the challenges of stopping a new nuclear arms race, a race that A.Q. Khan himself did more than any other individual to promote.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195375237
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
804,294
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Taranto--October 2003
Introduction
Part I: Rise
1. Roots
2. The Bomb
Natanz--February 2003
3. Iran--From Import to Export
Chagai Hills-May 1998
4. North Korea--Pyongyang and Back
Jordan--August 1995
5. The Network Expands--The Libya Deal
Part II: Fall
6. Picking up the Trail
Washington, DC--September 2001
7. Watching
London--March 2003
8. Dealing with Gadaffi
New York--September 2003
9. Confronting Musharraf--Dealing with Khan
Kuala Lumpur--November 2003
10. Unraveling the Network
Epilogue: The Spread

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