The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

By William Langewiesche
Read by Tom Weiner

5.13 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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In his shocking and revelatory new work, celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning threat of nuclear-weapons production and 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 acquire 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 used by guerrilla non-state terrorists. The author also recounts the recent history of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist at the forefront of nuclear development 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.

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Summary

Summary

In his shocking and revelatory new work, celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning threat of nuclear-weapons production and 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 acquire 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 used by guerrilla non-state terrorists.

The author also recounts the recent history of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist at the forefront of nuclear development 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject.” New York Times Book Review
“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.” Washington Post Book World
“[A] brief, tightly packed study that precisely defines an issue worthy of being at the forefront of our international policy.” Publishers Weekly, Best Books of the Year 2007
“Tom Weiner’s baritone lends gravity to this chilling book about nuclear weapons and the potential for terrorists to use them.” AudioFile
“Intrepid and electrifying…Langewiesche’s bracing exposé of nuclear criminality blasts away the ubiquitous misinformation usually attendant on this alarming subject.” Booklist
“Langewiesche takes a hard look at nuclear proliferation and explains why the problem isn't going away…His blunt summary of this sorry history pulls no punches and offers very little consolation. Depressing but essential reading.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: William Langewiesche

William Langewiesche is the author of eight books, including Cutting for Sign, Sahara Unveiled, Inside the Sky, American Ground, and, most recently, Aloft: Thoughts on the Experience of Flight. He is currently an international editor for Vanity Fair and was for years a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, where he was nominated for eight consecutive National Magazine Awards.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English