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The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets...And How We Could Have Stopped Him

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The world has entered a second nuclear age. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation is on the rise. Should such an assault occur, there is a strong likelihood that the trail of devastation will lead back to Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani father of the Islamic bomb and the mastermind behind a vast clandestine enterprise that ha ...more
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Published December 3rd 2007 by Hachette Audio (first published 2007)
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Nanditha Kini
Jan 06, 2015 Nanditha Kini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written but quite detailed and anecdotal so the reader does seem to get lost towards the end ... It's worth a read despite this because it's factual. Sent chills up my spine when I read something that was true about nuclear proliferation and AQ Khan's role in it. Chilling.
Ian
Apr 01, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for someone looking for an interesting read that still teaches you something about global nuclear non-proliferation efforts. There is a good description of how nuclear weapons are made and how that technology is developed (although intermediate level detail is left out, which is probably not what most people picking up this book are interested in anyway). Key historical events are identified that led to dangerous distribution of nuclear technologies give the book a nice hist ...more
Rocky
Good book with a troubling storyline. The authors let their bias come in late, and actually undermined the book somewhat with some rather poorly executed logic (i.e. the IAEA, which they show to be completely inept throughout the book is, in their opinion the only hope to counter nuclear proliferation)

Other than that, it was a well researched and fascinating look at the how secrets are stolen and shared in this dangerous field.
Jeffrey Otto
Apr 09, 2011 Jeffrey Otto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quests and Ambitions: Non-Proliferation Gone Wrong

"When you get down to fundamentals-things like nuclear weapons-you must treat your friends and enemies the same. Only then can you have a nonproliferation policy." -Leonard Weiss

It's difficult to know who is most responsible for the world's first so-called ‘Islamic’ bomb. Being that the warheads actually reside in Pakistan, the Pakistani’s might be the obvious choice, but as Doug Frantz and Catherine Collins, authors of The Nuclear Jihadist, make
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Shea
Dec 31, 2007 Shea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly pertinent look into horizontal nuclear proliferation and the amount of damage that just one renegade nuclear scientist can cause. Frantz and Collins offer an in-depth look at how Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan (often referred to as the "Father of the Islamic Bomb") managed to spread nuclear technology to Libya, North Korea, and Iran. As they point out, these are the three countries that we actually know about, and after taking into account the extremely secret nature of Paki ...more
Vikash Tiwary
Aug 15, 2015 Vikash Tiwary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of one man deadly legacy that spread around the world, how he manage to get away with it for so long and how nuclear seeds he plant could explode anytime, anywhere.

There is no secret about this. Pakistan's nuclear program is based on borrowing, stealing, smuggling, and American money.....Khan;s bomb was for a nation and its military scatter by the humiliation of 1971 war by its hated neighbor and worse enemy.

This book go to all extend narrating the level of ignorance shown by
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Ajay Ajay
Jan 21, 2015 Ajay Ajay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The inside story of nuclear assets falling in hands of terrorists or their aka is there to be found in great details in this work.

Simply pick it up to know the inside story of this murky world, where many roam around; where there are sellers of nuclear secrets; where the buyers are willing to cough millions of dollar.

World has never been a safe heaven, though continue to be a safe planet for some years. Pick this work to know inside out!
Tin Wee
A frightening account of how the nuclear weapon was let loose on the world by a mix of patriotism/ greed/ incompetence/ realpolitik/ hypocrisy - of the main protaganist, his network around the world, the intelligence and enforcement agencies, and the international state actors. The consequences are far reaching and we have still yet to see the inevitable conclusion. Chilling.
Jock Mcclees
May 08, 2014 Jock Mcclees rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to be incredibly frustrated, read this book. Not because the book is bad but because we could be living in a much safer world with almost no nuclear proliferation if it hadn't been for vast amounts of greed and questionable political decisions in the US and Europe. Great explanation of how we got to where we are today regarding nuclear proliferation.
Jake
Apr 13, 2008 Jake rated it really liked it
Great book. If you know anything about current world politics, the end won't be a shocker really, but it's incredibly suspenseful. It reads like a real life James Bond novel, except the villains win at the end. Some of the more technical aspects get a little laborious to read, but these are not very long. Highly recommended.
Charis
Fascinating, incredibly detailed and researched and a topic that every one should be educated on. Certainly adds new light to our modern nuclear world and the decisions and consequences of strategic policy.

My only complaint was the constant repetition and the feeling that after the first two hundred pages, I had heard it all before. Still, a crucial addition to our history books.
Andrea
Mar 21, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not for the weak of heart. It spells out very clearly the facts surrounding just who, what, where and why every country that should NOT have nuclear capability HAS in fact the ability to blow up the world. This was a very eye opening book that will stay with me forever.
Colin Grove
An interesting book detailing how A.Q. Khan stole nuclear technology and spread it around the world. Topical right now as the book details how he spread it to countries like North Korea and Iran, and also has describes the complexity of the U.S. - Pakistan relationship.
Mike
Aug 27, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an insite to the horse trading that our government does with our security. It also points out how easily government secrets can be aquired by anyone with the will and money to build a nuclear wepon can get it done.
Diane
Sep 12, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of A.Q. Khan, his proliferation network, and Western attempts to stop him. The book is well-written and interesting, and I have found it to be the most interesting book on the subject to date.
Justin Brown
Good and comprehensive book on A.Q. Khan's nuclear proliferation. Critical of US policy towards Pakistan, of Pakistan itself, and, of course, paints Khan in an unflattering light.

Reads like a detective novel from time to time.
Sriram Chari
Aug 03, 2013 Sriram Chari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insight into nuclear proliferation and A Q Khan's role. One wonders the unintended consequences that started this whole journey. What would have happened if only India did not go nuclear, Khan did not have grudge against India, US did not initiate the atoms for peace program etc etc....
Dan Salvesen
Could've been a great book, but it wasn't. The author frequently goes on diatribes and inserts WAY too much of his own political idealogy. 4 or 5 stars if the author could have stuck to telling the story. Portrays the IAEA as competent, yet all evidence (in the book) to the contrary. Meh
Huzaifa Baloch
May 29, 2016 Huzaifa Baloch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book with a lot of surprise for me. Mindblowing and a thriller, It deserves a Hollywood movie to be made on it.
Nathan
Sep 27, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very well-written and extremely interesting. The book was an easy read but the citations were very anecdotal, making it difficult to attribute facts to sources.
Natasha
Feb 11, 2009 Natasha rated it liked it
well-researched and completely scary. excellent investigative reporting. Highly recommended, but warning: this is an intense, political read.
Lauren
Apr 15, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, turns out I already read this. Thought maybe. It apparently made an impact in that I didn't remember the book, but I remembered every detail of what it recapped.
Anant Singh
Sep 10, 2009 Anant Singh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Q Khan and the pakistan nuclear programmer and how they helped the iran jordan north korea to get the nuclear knowledge ...
Nice piece of collection
Sundeep Kumar
Sundeep Kumar rated it it was ok
Dec 06, 2016
Mike
Apr 28, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read on nuclear proliferation.
Kcorb Nosaj
Kcorb Nosaj rated it it was amazing
Dec 31, 2012
Adam Kirk
Nov 18, 2016 Adam Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is unbelievable in how one man could do so much to put our nation in danger.
David Lockie
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