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Starred Review. Earlier this year, William Langewiesche's The Atomic Bazaar alerted readers to the blind eye the United States and other nations have turned toward Pakistan's efforts to build a nuclear bomb and to sell that technology to other nations, including the entire Axis of Evil. Levy and Scott-Clark (The Amber Room) work on a larger canvas, shaping their in-depth reporting into a compelling and more detailed narrative. They have not truly improved upon Langewiesche's portrait of A.Q. Khan, the metallurgist who became Pakistan's biggest and most valuable personality after smuggling atomic secrets out of the Netherlands. But they do substantially support the idea that the nuclear program influenced Pakistan's internal power struggles, and that American government officials led disinformation campaigns for 30 years in order to hang onto the nation as a dubious ally against first the Soviets and then al-Qaeda. The authors also hint at the possible involvement of Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby in an attempt to discredit an intelligence analyst who spoke frankly of the Pakistani threat during the first Bush administration. Building on a decade's worth of interviews, the husband-and-wife investigative term serve a stunning indictment of the nuclear crime of all our lifetimes, in which, the authors claim, the U.S. has been an active accessory. (Oct.)
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Praise for DECEPTION:
“An un-putdownable and explosive account of our most recent times that reveals how while our leaders in the West claimed to be securing our future they were ultimately responsible for one of the greatest deceptions of the age.” - Simon Reeve, author of the New York Times best-seller The New Jackals – Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism.
Policy makers and those whose responsibilities include this region would do very well to have read this important book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Professor Bob
Nice piece of investigative journalism but at times gets lengthy and off the topic. But at the end of the day this is a serious work.Published 21 months ago by Buyer
This book examines the development of nuclear weapons in Pakistan and many of the issues related to it. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Newton Ooi
This is one in a long line of excellent British investigative journalism books that documents Pakistan's twisting path toward nuclear statehood, mostly with a blind eye and... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by vfrickey
I confess, I stopped reading this book halfway and only skimmed the rest.
The problem I faced is that it read like a massive newspaper article, full of information on... Read more
This book is must read for anyone who is remotely interested in the modern history of Middle East Asia, focusing on Pakistan. Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by Psychoanalyst
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... Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Michael Griswold
This is a book that can't help but make the reader a little more cynical when they look at the U.S. government and a foreign policy that continually sacrifices the long term needs... Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by Matthew Smith