Shopping for Bombs

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

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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." 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 nuclear arms bazaar. Corera reveals how Khan operated within a world of shadowy deals amongst rogue states and how his privileged position in Pakistan protected his unique and deadly business empire. Brimming with revelations, the book provides new insight into Iran's nuclear ambitions, how the CIA and MI6 penetrated and ultimately broke Khan's network, and how they persuaded Pakistan's President to arrest a national hero. The book also illuminates the high-wire dealings with Muammar Gadaffi which led to Libya's renunciation of nuclear weapons.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 10.2mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 13 black and white illustrations
  • 0195375238
  • 9780195375237
  • 1,097,420

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interesting and revealing. Bruce Kent, The Spokesmanshow more

About Gordon Corera

Gordon Corera is a Security Correspondent for BBC News. He covers counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation and international security issues for BBC TV, Radio, and Online. He was educated at Oxford and Harvard Universities and joined the BBC in 1997.show more

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 ; 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 ; Notes ; Acknowledgments ; Indexshow more

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