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on February 8, 2011
In this gripping book, the authors tell us about the global nuclear market ,rogue scientists who are offering their trade and secrets to the highest bidders, CIA agents who steal secrets and burglarize their opponents' and allies' houses, as well as people in high places, counterintelligence agents, case officers, arms dealers, policy-makers and many other murky figures involved in the second oldest profession in the world, namely that of espionage.
The main villain here is a Pakistani scientist ,A.Q.Khan, who has successfully built an international network which has been responsible for becoming a plarform for the selling of nuclear capabilities to various countries-most of them those which have the potential of distributing weapons of mass destrucion and which could easily be classified as rogue states ,the majority being Islamic ones. The core of the book is about the recruitment of the Tinners, a Swiss family that served as Khan's associates, but was also used by the CIA as a conduit in supplying some essential information about the nuclear market to the USA and its allies. Khan's world was regarded as a huge Wal-Mart shop.
The main thesis of the book is in the form of a strong indictment against the CIA which tried to see reality not as it is, but as it wants it to be. The main phrase used here is composed of two words: cover-ups. The truth about the possibility of dangerous elements in getting nuclear weapons was not intended to be shared by the American people. The Agency did not work in a vacuum but was abetted by the relevant Washington policy-makers during the years of 1995-2009.
This book reads like a first-rate thriller and is well written, although understandibly undocumented. However, this does not detract from its importance and will be another significant addition to the literature of intelligence and its role in world politics.
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on January 23, 2011
FALLOUT is a must-read for those curious about real-life spy craft but also daring enough to contemplate the real-life consequences of CIA shortcomings in its secret war on nuclear trafficking. From early in this highly readable narrative, Collins and Frantz provide fascinating glimpses of colorful characters and the small human dramas behind otherwise momentous and ominous developments in international security. They even illuminate rare realms of the always-murky world of espionage. But most significantly, Fallout delivers an investigative expose. It reveals in stark detail for the first time the coups and cover-ups, the successes and ultimate failures of efforts to protect us all from the reckless ambitions of rogue Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan - the evil Johnny Appleseed of nuclear proliferation.
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on February 12, 2011
The book deals with a very serious subject that should concern us all.
It is not a glamorous story that can be enjoyed on a long airplane trip.
The book reads like a textbook, is at times tedious and repetitive.
It offers a glimpse behind the scenes of a CIA operation, without revealing any
major secrets and leaves some questions unanswered. We don't know what we do not know.
It also provides an illuminating insight in America's hamhandedness in dealing
with foreign governments. Not our strong point.
Over all, an educational, if somewhat boring read.
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on February 9, 2011
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. Having accepted that point, the book is well written and most readable; much of it is highly plausible - some statements are verifiable, a few others questionable.
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on February 16, 2013
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. But this book was a good and easy reading.
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on January 14, 2013
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.
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on February 7, 2011
The book was in perfect condition. Brand new. The indicated timing was accurate. Aaaaah and the book is great. Lets see what the Swiss courts decide now on the "poor" Tinners and the CIA....
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