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By Mitch Emswiller on 05-31-08
Fast-paced and full of hard facts. Demonstrates how little the public knows of the scramble that is taking place as poor countries, extremists, etc., vie for the ultimate weapon and a seat at the table of power.
Tempered by how much is required to actually weaponize uranium & plutonium and conceal this from the rest of the world.
Dovetails nicely with "The Nuclear Jihadist" by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins. The history of AQ Khan, the Father of the Islamic Bomb.
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By -Derrick0572 on 12-18-12
If the world really knew...
If you could sum up The Atomic Bazaar in three words, what would they be?
I guess I'd say: scary, scarier, and horrific.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The relative ease at which seemingly poor nations can get their hands on such profound materials such as uranium. The author wrote about the effects of a nuclear detonation and the thing about it is that death come swiftly! The heat alone just destroys anything in its path like no other. Though there are civil uses for nuclear power, making weapons from it should not be allowed under any circumstances because the consequences are far too great.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Weiner?
Probably, but the story captured me, not the narrator's voice.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, when the author discusses the sequence of events resulting from a nuclear detonation from the point of impact through fallout. Very disturbing information, but very informative.
Any additional comments?
This is a very good book and if you're even remotely interested in war, [nuclear] arms proliferation, foreign policy, or just the physics of nuclear weaponry, this book is very likely to impress you.