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Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb Paperback – November 7, 2012
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"Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb, uses primary source material and personal interviews to explain and analyze the genesis of Pakistan's nuclear program. Understanding Pakistan's nuclear development is not only important for Pakistan scholars but also for nuclear analysts more broadly. Nuclear scholars are working with an incredibly small sample of nine nuclear states, so gaining a robust understanding of each nation's path to the bomb is essential. General Khan discussed a wide range of issues as an introduction to his book's more comprehensive analysis."Sarah Wiener, CSIS
"Khan provides a comprehensive history of Pakistan's nuclear program. . . . Khan explains the reasons behind Pakistan's dogged pursuit of nuclear deterrence, including why it was willing to pay any price to achieve nuclear capability. . . . Recommended."A. Mazumdar, CHOICE
"Eating Grass fills a big gap in the scholarly literature. Feroz Khan's book about Pakistan's nuclear program takes its place beside the authoritative volumes on U.S., Soviet, Chinese, Indian, and Israeli nuclear histories. Going beyond the headlines, Khan provides unique insights into the political, technical and strategic issues behind the untold story of Pakistan's bomb. Essential reading for anyone interested in nuclear history, proliferation, or South Asian security."Zachary S. Davis, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
"A tour de forcemasterful, meticulously researched. Feroz Khan combines insights from Pakistani insiders and declassified U.S. sources to tell the most authoritative story of Pakistan's 50-year pursuit of the bomb and, with it, international respect."Siegfried S Hecker, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, and Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
"Feroz Hassan Khan has written the seminal study of the creation, development, and expansion of the world's fastest growing nuclear weapons complex. His use of source material heretofore unexplored or otherwise unavailableincluding dozens of exclusive interviews with the scientists, generals, diplomats, and politicians who guided Pakistan's nuclear bomb programmakes Eating Grass a must-read for national security scholars and practitioners alike."Peter R. Lavoy, national security practitioner
"Drawing on primary and secondary sources, his own experiences, and numerous interviews with decision-makers and former scientists who were intimately involved in the program, Khan recapitulates Pakistan's nuclear journey. He analyzes key decisions by its leaders that shaped the trajectory of Pakistan's strategic capabilities and its foreign relations, bureaucratic disputes over the program, and competition between actors in the scientific community trying to put their individual stamp on the bomb."Shehzad H. Qazi, World Affairs Journal
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Firstly, the title refers to a statement made by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the undisputed 'father' of the Pakistani bomb project, when he commented that Pakistan and Pakistani's would need to 'eat grass' in order to obtain a nuclear capability in response to India obtaining one. And here, in a nutshell, is the principle motivation for the development of a Pakistani nuclear capability; the desire for 'strategic parity' with their arch-nemesis India. This desire for an atomic weapon was to be encouraged in later years by images of national stature and international isolation.
We start during the 1950s. With President Eisenhower's 'Atoms For Peace' project igniting the desire to take advantage of nuclear energy possibilities, the leadership in Karachi saw this as an excellent opportunity to strengthen the fledgling Pakistani nation. This investment continued even after the military coup installed General Ayub Khan at the end of the decade. Reactors were constructed and the infrastructure grew, enabling Pakistan to meet new challenges.Read more ›
The flip side of the book is the authors lament of how unfair American policy makers, who wanted to roll back Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, were. Let's see, in 50 years of constant political instability Pakistan has had four military coups, military rule from 1958-1971, 1977-1988 and 1999-2008, perpetual distrust between the civilian and military rule, the rise Islamic terrorists, the Khan network of proliferators, etc. The truth is that Pakistan has been, and continues to be, the least stable country in the world holding the most dangerous weapons. It's depressing (actually frightening) to read about a country that lacks a culture of introspection and inability to admit failure or bad judgment. The reality is Pakistan has taken a valid issue of national security facing India and turned into a national culture of insecurity, corruption, nepotism, and a permanent "blame others" ethos. While the country got nuclear weapons the state has continued to fail its populace. They are no less secure, better fed, or economically well off with nuclear weapons.Read more ›
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By an author with unequaled access to the major players, this account presents the exact sequence of events each placed in its full historical context in a very readable form.Published on April 20, 2014 by A Customer
Intersting so far. Careful listing of people and abbreviations really helps. The author haas a vast list of contacts and sources for this book.Published on January 23, 2013 by A. D. Rossin