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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Langewiesche Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his shocking and revelatory new work, celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning threat of nuclear-weapons production and the inexorable drift of nuclear-weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations acquire the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-sponsored nuclear activity have soared to frightening heights. Even more disturbing is the likelihood of such weapons being used by guerrilla non-state terrorists.

The author also recounts the recent history of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist at the forefront of nuclear development who single-handedly peddled nuclear plans to North Korea, Iran, and other potentially hostile countries. He then examines in dramatic and tangible detail the chances for nuclear terrorism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Langewiesche brings knowledge and passion as well as a careful eloquence to his subject.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Langewiesche has evolved into perhaps our leading forensic journalist, a voracious student of all that can go wrong. Like a literary-minded accident investigator, he digs for every shred of evidence, without worrying about whom his conclusions might offend.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[A] brief, tightly packed study that precisely defines an issue worthy of being at the forefront of our international policy.”

    Publishers Weekly, Best Books of the Year 2007

  • “Tom Weiner’s baritone lends gravity to this chilling book about nuclear weapons and the potential for terrorists to use them.”


  • “Intrepid and electrifying…Langewiesche’s bracing exposé of nuclear criminality blasts away the ubiquitous misinformation usually attendant on this alarming subject.”


  • “Langewiesche takes a hard look at nuclear proliferation and explains why the problem isn't going away…His blunt summary of this sorry history pulls no punches and offers very little consolation. Depressing but essential reading.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 2/6/2014

    " This chilling, detailed analysis of the black market spread of nuclear technology puts the fear in me that nuclear war and/or terrorism will happen in my lifetime... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ned | 1/23/2014

    " Very engaging read by a skilled writer and reporter that somehow never quite makes a point but nonetheless provides lots of very interesting perspective on the like Abdul Qadir Khan, the woeful state of intelligence on nuclear matters and the strange and probably impenetrable isolation of the ex-Soviet secret nuclear cities. I could not put it down but I also can't tell you whether the author thinks we're more or less vulnerable than we think we are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 1/19/2014

    " an interesting, simple explanation of nuclear proliferation issues - good starter pack with your stolen cesium-137. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Freddy | 1/17/2014

    " While the information was interesting, the book is littered with what, in my opinion, amounted to heavily partisan political cheapshots that severely detracted from the reading experience. "

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