From Publishers Weekly
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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About the Author
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
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 US Congress.