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In this sobering report, William Langewiesche (formerly at The Atlantic Monthly and now at Vanity Fair) asserts that there is no way to prevent Third World countries from obtaining nuclear weapons. We can only "accept the equalities of a maturing world in which many countries have acquired atomic bombs, and some may use them," he claims. Critics praised Langewiesche's concise, clearheaded prose and rigorous investigation techniques. However, they were disappointed that the previously published articles comprising the book had not been more thoroughly reworked into a fluid narrative, which results in an awkward structure, clumsy transitions, and multiple repetitions. A few also questioned his choice to end the book with a chapter on Mark Hibbs, a journalist covering the nuclear industry. Although The Atomic Bazaar is not a perfect book, critics agreed that it is an extremely important one.
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In his sixth book of combustible investigative journalism, Langewiesche, long a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and now the international editor for Vanity Fair, takes on the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Fluent in nuclear politics, Langewiesche explains why nuclear bombs are now the weapons of choice for poor and poorly governed countries and "the new stateless guerillas," and he reveals how such groups can acquire the components of a nuclear bomb. Intrepid and electrifying, Langewiesche reports on contaminated secret nuclear cities in Russia and such U.S. funded outposts as the so-called Plutonium Palace, and he chronicles how stolen uranium and nuclear hardware are smuggled to Turkey, the "grand bazaar for nuclear goods." The book's most startling disclosures are found in Langewiesche's portrait of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of the "Muslim" bomb and the "greatest nuclear proliferator of all time," and his profile of fellow journalist Mark Hibbs, who has revealed secrets pertinent to the mess in Iran. Langewiesche's bracing expose of nuclear criminality blasts away the ubiquitous misinformation usually attendant on this alarming subject. Donna Seaman
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Atomic Bazaar is poorly written, jumps around and included too much extraneous material. The technical discussion is not well documented and at times contradictory, ie, he first... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anilao diver
Really goes into the issues, technical, political, and economic, of nuclear proliferation. Worth a read, as it provides the back story for the scare headlines about terrorist... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas Adams
I read this book with some reservation since I was being told to read it. In the end, it was a good book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Maggot
A fascinating book. William Langewiesche is a very readable author. I read his FLY BY WIRE, and it was great.Published on June 28, 2013 by YO
Full of insightful and factual commentary with a narrative that turns the pgae. I couldnt put it down. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Donal Knox
The book starts out by describing how difficult it is for non-state players to obtain nuclear fissionable matterial and to make the bomb. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Yoda
This is an excellent review of the progress towards Nuclear Nonproliferation, and the process of poor countries to obtain nuclear weapons or develop them in defiance of the Nuclear... Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Orville B. Jenkins
This is a timely read, today, with North Korea launching its latest multi-stage rocket, Iran continuing its nuclear program, President Obama proclaiming his goal of a nuclear... Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by Teddy Dover
The author gets off to a really bad start, which really made me wonder if I'd just wasted money on this book. Read morePublished on October 10, 2008 by David M. Small