Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 10, 2010 - Political Science - 608 pages
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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. Khan-a young Pakistani scientist working in Holland-stole top-secret blueprints for a revolutionary new process to arm a nuclear bomb. His original intention, and that of his government, was purely patriotic-to provide Pakistan a counter to India's recently unveiled nuclear device. However, as Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark chillingly relate in their masterful investigation of Khan's career over the past thirty years, over time that limited ambition mushroomed into the world's largest clandestine network engaged in selling nuclear secrets-a mercenary and illicit program managed by the Pakistani military and made possible, in large part, by aid money from the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Libya, and by indiscriminate assistance from China.

Based on hundreds of interviews in the United States, Pakistan, India, Israel, Europe, and Southeast Asia, Deception is a masterwork of reportage and dramatic storytelling by two of the world's most resourceful investigative journalists. Urgently important, it should stimulate debate and command a reexamination of our national priorities.
 

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Contents

The Core
11
Operation Butter Factory
32
Into the Valley of Death
51
Peanuts
72
The Ties That Bind
84
A Figment of the Zionist Mind
99
A Bomb for the Ummah
124
The Pineapple UpsideDown Cake
138
A New Clear Vision
264
The Window of Vulnerability
286
Mush and Bush
315
Mission Accomplished
352
They Have Fed Us to the Dogs
371
N Think
395
Awakening
429
Principal Characters
451

The Winking General
155
Gangsters in Bangles
175
A Guest of the Revolutionary Guard
195
Project AB
214
Chestnuts and Steamed Fish
238
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
459
Notes
461
Bibliography S45 Index
549
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Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark are internationally renowned and award-winning investigative journalists who worked as staff writers and foreign correspondents for the Sunday Times of London for seven years before joining the Guardian as senior correspondents. They are the authors of two highly acclaimed books, The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure, and The Stone of Heaven: Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade. They have reported from South Asia for more than a decade, and now live in London and in France.

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