Spying on the Bomb American Nuclear Intelligence, from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea

ISBN-10: 0393329828

ISBN-13: 9780393329827

Edition: 2007

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Description: "Engrossing."--"Wall Street Journal" A global history of U.S. nuclear espionage from its World War II origins to today's threats from rogue states. For fifty years, the United States has monitored friends and foes who seek to develop the ultimate weapon. Since 1952 the nuclear club has grown to at least eight nations, while others are making serious attempts to join. Each chapter chronologically focuses on the nuclear activities of one or more countries, intermingling what the United States believed was happening with accounts of what actually occurred in each country's laboratories, test sites, and decision-making councils. Jeffrey T. Richelson weaves recently declassified documents into his interviews with the scientists and spies involved in the nuclear espionage. The book reveals new information about U.S. intelligence work on the Soviet/Russian, French, Chinese, Indian, Israeli, and South African nuclear programs; on the attempts to solve the mysterious Vela Incident; and on current efforts to uncover the nuclear secrets of Iran and North Korea. The book also includes spy satellite photographs never before extracted from the national archives. The updated paperback edition includes analysis of the diplomatic maneuvering and intelligence activities that have taken place over the last year in the continued attempt to halt Iran's quest for nuclear weapons. 46 photographs, 4 maps.

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

List of Maps
Preface
A Terrifying Prospect: Nazi Germany
Lightning Strikes: The Soviet Union 1945-1953
The View from Above: The Soviet Union 1954-1961
Mao's Explosive Thoughts: The People's Republic of China through 1968
An Elated General, a Smiling Buddha: France and India through 1974
"Pariahs": Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan through the 1970s
The Double Flash: The Vela Incident: September 1979
Rogues: Iraq, North Korea, Libya, and Pakistan through 1991
"Pariahs" Revisited: Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan in the 1980s and early 1990s
Big Bangs: French and Chinese testing; suspected Russian testing in the 1990s
Pokhran Surprise: Indian and Pakistani tests in May 1998
Inspectors and Spies: Iraq from the end of the Gulf War through December 1998
Flawed Intelligence: Iraq, 1999-2004
Trouble Waiting to Happen: Iran and North Korea, from the 1990s to 2005
Epilogue: Iran and North Korea, 2006-2007
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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