AUTHORVenter, Al J.
TITLEIran's Nuclear Option: Tehran's Quest for the Atom Bomb
CITYHavertown, PA

This book by a South African journalist attempts to answer first how Iran escaped the attention of the West as it acquired the technology and expertise required to build an atomic bomb and then to address the present crisis (as of 2005) generated by Iran’s nuclear program. The book is divided into three major parts: The Islamic Republic of Iran contains three chapters that provide historical background, Iran’s Nuclear Pursuits provides the history of the country’s nuclear program including the acquisition of components on the black market, and Iran’s Troubled Role in World Affairs examines the country’s relations with its neighbors and its future on the international stage. Several of the chapters and appendices are written by persons with extensive knowledge of the subjects addressed. One chapter looks at the relationship between the Iranian and South African nuclear programs and another is devoted entirely to the South African program. The role of North Korea (DPRK) in the development of Iran’s missile program is also presented. Six appendices and extensive endnotes add to the utility of the volume.

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