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

By: Gordon Corera

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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, Khna built a global clandestine network that sold the most closely guarded nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya. The book provides a 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. The book provides new insight into Iran's nuclear ambitions and how close Tehran may be to the bomb. In addition, the book contains information on how the CIA and MI6 penetrated Khan's network, how the US and UK ultimately broke Khan's ring, and how they persuaded President Musharaff 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 provides a unique window into the challenges of stopping a new nuclear arms race, a race which A.Q. Khan himself did more than any other individual to promote. Contents Introduction Part 1 Rise 1 Roots 2 The Bomb 3 Iran - From Import to Export 4 North Korea - Pyongyang and Back 5 The Network Expands - the Libya Deal Part 2 Fall 6 Picking up the Trail 7 Watching 8 Dealing with Gaddaffi 9 Confronting Musharraf - Dealing with Khan 10 Unraveling the Network Epilogue The Spread Notes Acknowledgements Index. Printed Pages: 304.

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

Author Name: Gordon Corera

Categories: History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, UK, Hurst & Company:

ISBN: 1850658269

ISBN 13: 9781850658269

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 027074

Keywords: Bombs Nuclear Weapons