By Catherine Collins
Greater than a high-stakes espionage mystery, "Fallout "painstakingly examines the large expenditures of the CIA's error and the misplaced possibilities to halt the unfold of nuclear guns know-how lengthy prior to it was once made on hand to a couple of the main risky and reckless adversaries of the us and its allies.
For greater than 1 / 4 of a century, whereas the primary Intelligence business enterprise became a dismissive eye, a globe-straddling community run through Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan offered the apparatus and services to make nuclear guns to a rogues' gallery of countries. between its identified buyers have been Iran, Libya, and North Korea. whilst the us eventually took motion to prevent the community in overdue 2003, President George W. Bush declared the tip of the worldwide company to be a huge intelligence victory that had made the realm more secure.
But, as investigative newshounds Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz record masterfully, the declare that Khan's operation were dismantled used to be a vintage case of too little, too past due. Khan's ring had, by way of then, bought Iran the know-how to carry Tehran to the edge of establishing a nuclear weapon. It had additionally set unfastened at the international the main harmful nuclear secrets and techniques imaginable--sophisticated guns designs, blueprints for uranium enrichment vegetation, plans for warheads--all on the market to the top bidder.
Relying on explosive new info amassed in unique interviews with key members and formerly undisclosed, hugely exclusive files, the authors divulge the reality at the back of the frilly efforts through the CIA to hide the total quantity of the wear performed via Khan's community and to hide up how the profound failure to prevent the atomic bazaar a lot past jeopardizes our nationwide defense today.