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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  24 reviews

The shocking, three-decade story of A. Q. Khan and Pakistan's nuclear program, and the complicity of the United States in the spread of nuclear weaponry.

On December 15, 1975, A. Q. Khana young Pakistani scientist working in Hollandstole top-secret blueprints for a revolutionary new process to arm a nuclear bomb. His original intention, and that of his government, was pur

Hardcover, 608 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Walker & Company
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WOW! Incredible book! This book was so full of information, I am almost at a loss for words. I learned so much about our country’s knowledge and involvement with Pakistan and their quest to obtaining nuclear weapons. The book covers more than 3 decades of lying, deceit, theft of nuclear secrets and plans, illegal purchase and shipping of controlled goods, etc. The story is so good it could be made into a movie. It would be a pretty long movie however :-) It enlightened me on our government, what ...more
Good read, what a deception.

I found it interesting how Peter Griffin says he met a Pakistani Brigadier-General Anis Nawab (pg 39). Similarly Adrian Levy reports that there was a Brigadier General working for A.Q. Khan in Pakistan (pg 35). These are interesting statements because "Brigadier-General" is not even a rank in the Pakistan Army (or for that matter in their own British Army). So, why is this fictitious rank being used? For example, knowing the correct rank would help answer the question
Arthur Edelstein
This is a fantastically detailed report on the skulduggery in Washington and Islamabad surrounding Pakistan's nuclear program and proliferation programs. However I have doubts about the correctness of the interpretation.
Mark Sequeira
I like this one probably the best of the three or four I've read on Pakistan's nuclear program and it's father, A. Q. Khan.
Terrifying and chilling this book is a must read for those who are interested in world affairs. In particular the book documents years of the United States turning a blind eye to, as well as actively enabling, Pakistan's nuclear program. Even worse than allowing Pakistan to become a nuclear state, the U.S. also ignored, and actively suppressed information that proved Pakistan was engaged in proliferation of nuclear technology. Particularly egregious was the Bush II administration who allowed Pa ...more
Michael Griswold
Deception reads like a cold war era thriller...every government from Carter until the second Bush White House is targeted for their failure to prevent Pakistan from acquiring nuclear weapons. The only reason I can't go five full stars here is that it seemed to attack Republican administrations more than Democratic ones, although Carter and Clinton really come off no better than any previous or subsequent administration. I thought the book did a really good job of focusing at events from the Paki ...more
This book is mind-blowing really. A large but fairly easy read that takes you through the history of Pakistan's nuclear program and how they attained nuclear weapons and became the largest proliferator in the world. It reveals that nuclear proliferation was an integral part of Pakistan's foreign and economic policy. They sold various parts of uranium refinement technology, warhead technology and nuclear material to North Korea, China, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia and perhaps more countries that we ...more
Claire S
Questions to answer about it though, from one reader on Amazon:

"The fact that the authors of Deception thank Peter Griffen in the acknowledgments of their book raises questions of credibility. In Deception, the authors quote him as saying he was duped and taken advantage of by the Khan network. Another recently released book on the subject, America and the Islamic Bomb, contradicts this portrayal and reveals that a secret British Customs paper says that Griffen was aware and involved in the netw
one of the best works of investigative journalism, it measures the stupidity of the american government on a grand scale and comes out with definite and great results. pakistan, a monster created by america, is a monster because of this one man army called A Q khan, but very few know that ISI was the brain behind all the high drama. it not only wanted to keep afghanistan as its strategic backyard against a economically (comparatively) rising India, but also as a promise of american dollars in ca ...more
Chilling and terrifying, this is investigative journalism at its best. Its a must read for all those interested in learning about behind-the-scenes details of post-cold-war nuclear proliferation and how, contrary to popular opinion, the West (naively or deliberately, depending on which side of fence you are on) actually aided in such proliferation. Very well researched book!
If you want to see government at its finest read this book.
Murad Baseer
The authors have beautifully highlighted how the US assisted Pakistan in acquiring their strategic assets as a counter weight to India, Pakistan prime adversary in the region. The book is a proof of the fact that Pakistan's nuclear program does not threaten western interests at any point in time. It is in the interest of the US to have a bulwark (Pakistan) against an overwhelming India in the region.
I listened to the Netlibrary audiobook. The main points were covered in the books description and it didn't hold my attention too well. A little long and dry, but it's amazing that the US helped Pakistan gain nuclear power.
This is a damning expose on how Pakistan became the Typhoid Mary of nuclear arms proliferation and how successive U.S. administrations chose to look the other way.
Jun 15, 2008 Weavre rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Weavre by: NetLibrary browsing expedition

NetLibrary has an audio version that held my attention well enough to keep me awake when I needed to drive. It wasn't really full of surprises, though.
Does anyone not believe that the US is its worst enemy. Are we not the first one to point a finger at someone else for our misgivings........
Rachit Parekh
great book for everyone who wants to k ow about how vested interests can have disastrous consequences. very well researched.
Very good. Read this if you want to know how the U.S. knowingly did nothing but help Pakistan gain the its nuclear arsenal.
Omar Haroon
The role of the politicians here seems rather whitewashed in my opinion but quite a fascinating read overall.
Karthik Visweswaran
awesome read on the dynamics of world polity and needs of nations, of ends dictating means
Zia Siddiqui
Pakistan's road to Nuclear weapons. Not an unbiased account but interesting nevertheless.
A real eye opener. And we wonder why we have so much trouble in that part of the world.
Sue Nicodemus
Great insight into what is happening in the Middle East.
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