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Brilliant and frightening!
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.