AUTHORLevy, Adrian / Scott-Clark, Catherine
TITLEDeception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons
PUBLISHERWalker and Company
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2007
ISBN978-0-8027-1554-8


This book purports to expose the details of a clandestine relationship between Pakistan and the United States government, beginning in the 1970s, in which the U.S. ignored mounting evidence of the expansion of Pakistan’s nuclear program. The authors, journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark, argue that the U.S. government deliberately ignored Pakistan’s growing nuclear program because Pakistan was considered a valuable ally in conflicts with the Soviet Union, al-Qaeda, and Iraq. Written as a factual narrative, the book details the rise of Abdul Qadeer Khan and his role in the proliferation of nuclear technology to some of the most volatile regimes in the world. It explains that Pakistan facilitated Khan’s activities while the U.S. government turned a blind eye, and Pakistan not only greatly expanded its own program, but also aided several unstable regimes in the acquisition of nuclear information and technology. The book's evidence traces contemporary (2007) nuclear crises to origins in Pakistan, thereby implicating several U.S. administrations as complicit in the proliferation of nuclear weapons to countries that the U.S. perceives as threatening. Extensive notes accompany the text, detailing sources which include personal interviews conducted in several countries, U.S. government documents, reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and correspondence and official reports originating in a variety of countries, including Russia, Malaysia, and Pakistan.


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