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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mohamed ElBaradei Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For the past two decades, Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, uncompromised voice. As the director of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, he has contended with the Bush administration’s assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West’s standoff with Iran. For their efforts to control nuclear proliferation, ElBaradei and his agency received the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, in a vivid and thoughtful account, ElBaradei takes us inside the international fray. Inspector, adviser, and mediator, ElBaradei moves from Baghdad, where Iraqi officials bleakly predict the coming war, to behind-the-scenes exchanges with Condoleezza Rice, to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He dissects the possibility of rapprochement with Iran while rejecting hard-line ideologies of every kind, decrying an us-versus-them approach and insisting on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. Above all, he illustrates that the security of nations is tied to the security of individuals, dependent not only on disarmament but on a universal commitment to human dignity, democratic values, and the freedom from want.

Probing and eloquent, The Age of Deception is an unparalleled account of society’s struggle to come to grips with the uncertainties of our age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provides the grist for serious debate.”

    New York Times

  • “A fascinating mix of emotions and calculations seems to animate [ElBaradei’s] analysis.”

    Washington Post

  • “A lively, outspoken take on recent geopolitical confrontations that makes an impassioned case for using persuasion rather than punishment to resolve the direst threats.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “David Drummond is a precise narrator who helps give voice to Nobel prize winner Elbaradei’s incredible dilemma as the key leader in determining Iraq’s nuclear capability.”

    AudioFile

  • “Egyptian lawyer ElBaradei here details his efforts to counter nuclear proliferation, all the while insisting that this is not an East-West, we-have-nuclear-weapons-and-you-don’t divide but a matter of using ongoing diplomacy to assure world peace.”

    Library Journal

  • “There is plenty of grist in this firsthand account…Narrator and actor David Drummond’s impressive, steady reading enlivens the material.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “An unwavering affirmation of the crucial importance of fairness and multilateral cooperation to maintaining peace and stability despite the inherent asymmetry of nuclear haves and have-nots.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ana | 2/3/2014

    " Insightful reading. Surprised not really on the facts given. It was nice how he added his personal perception of people. He must be in a difficult position I don't envy him but he knows his stuff and cultures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hadrian | 12/1/2013

    " Interesting and thoughful book about the life of nuclear weapons inspecting. Covers Iraq, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, and N. Korea, and a reasoned and delicate approach to all of these. A job which is all the more important now than ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam | 9/25/2013

    " Fantastic memoir on nuclear diplomacy, particularly on non-proliferation. I guess I am biased since I completely agree with his strategies. Good read all around, though obviously a little long winded at times, like most memoirs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Soumendra | 1/20/2013

    " Great content, ESP on the events leading up to the Iraq wars. But the book makes for some very dry reading :( "

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About the Author
Author Mohamed ElBaradei

Mohamed ElBaradeiserved as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997 to 2009. He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize and has also been honored with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, the Nile Collar, and the Roosevelt Institute’s Four Freedoms Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cairo and a doctorate in international law at the New York University School of Law. Founder of the National Association for Change, an Egyptian opposition movement, ElBaradei lives in Cairo.