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Investigative journalists Collins and Frantz, who documented how rogue Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan created a nuclear black market in 2007™s The Nuclear Jihadist, return to the subject in this sobering, true-life œpart spy story, part cautionary tale. The authors focus this time on the CIA™s participation in œa massive cover-up to prevent public disclosure of its passive role in Khan™s proliferation activities. For years the CIA had Khan under constant surveillance, but instead of moving to shut down his œnuclear bazaar, the CIA and policymakers watched and discussed how and when to act. Collins and Frantz conclude that œthe CIA was addicted to information, not action. When the agency finally moved to roll up Khan™s global proliferation ring, it sought to conceal the œbad judgments and operational errors that allowed the ring to flourish for years. Nuclear proliferation is one of our era™s critical issues, and Collins and Frantz™s exposé makes a timely contribution to how institutional errors and bad calls in Washington have left America more vulnerable to global terrorism. (Feb.)
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Catherine Collins has been a foreign correspondent and reporter for the Chicago Tribune and written for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She has authored several books with her husband, Douglas Frantz, including The Man from Pakistan and Death on the Black Sea.
Douglas Frantz was the former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, where he was a business reporter, an investigative reporter and a foreign correspondent based in Istanbul. He has also been a reporter for The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He was part of a team which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, in addition to which he is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-finalist, and as won several honors for his investigative reporting. He is now an investigator for the U.S. Congress.
The account tells how these middle men worked for their profit and the CIA. But how this Pakistani engineer Kahn operated is not available. Perhaps no one knows about that yet. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Good Natured
I found this book to be quite informative. CIA working diligently on this somewhat complex problem. It's nice to be more up to date in my thinking about nuclear proliferation.Published on January 14, 2013 by leigh lucart
A certain amount of information becomes known, but I tend to see these bits as the cover story, like puddles left after a rain storm. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Bruce P. Barten
As this book self-acknowledges it probably is not the whole truth - that may never emerge from the dusted archives of intelligence agencies around the world. Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by A. Leask
The book was in perfect condition. Brand new. The indicated timing was accurate. Aaaaah and the book is great. Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Wouter