The Man from Pakistan

The True Story of the World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Smuggler
By Douglas Frantz, Catherine Collins (Trade Paperback, 2008)
The world has entered a second nuclear age. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation is on the rise. Should such an assault occur, there is a strong likelihood that the trail of devastation will lead back to Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani father of the Islamic bomb and the mastermind behind a vast clandestine enterprise that has sold nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea, and Libya. Khan's loose-knit organization was and still may be a nuclear Wal-Mart, selling weapons blueprints, parts, and the expertise to assemble the works into a do-it-yourself bomb kit. Amazingly, American authorities could have halted his operation, but they chose instead to watch and wait. Khan proved that the international safeguards the world relied on no longer worked.

Journalists Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins tell this alarming tale of international intrigue through the eyes of the European and American officials who suspected Khan, tracked him, and ultimately shut him down, but only after the nuclear genie was long out of the bottle.

The world has entered a second nuclear age. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation is on the rise. Should such an assault occur, there is a strong likelihood that the trail of devastation will lead back to Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani father of the Islamic bomb and the mastermind behind a vast clandestine enterprise that has sold nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea, and Libya. Khan's loose-knit organization was and still may be a nuclear Wal-Mart, selling weapons blueprints, parts, and the expertise to assemble the works into a do-it-yourself bomb kit. Amazingly, American authorities could have halted his operation, but they chose instead to watch and wait. Khan proved that the international safeguards the world relied on no longer worked.

Journalists Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins tell this alarming tale of international intrigue through the eyes of the European and American officials who suspected Khan, tracked him, and ultimately shut him down, but only after the nuclear genie was long out of the bottle.

Douglas Frantz is managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, where he has been a business reporter, an investigative reporter, and a foreign correspondent based in Istanbul. He has also been a reporter for the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and has won several honors for his investigative reporting.
Catherine Collins has been a reporter for The Chicago Tribune and written for The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She has authored several books with her husband, Douglas Frantz, including Celebration and Death on the Black Sea.
  • "It's fair to say "The Nuclear Jihadist" has the potential to shake the foundations of the U.S. government and its intelligence operations." (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "... In clear, gripping prose, the husband-and-wife team of Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins recount the race to intercept a shipment of equipment that would have helped make Libya's nuclear ambitions a reality." (Washington Post).

  • "...husband-and-wife team Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins go beyond the James Bond cliches, to tell us the chilling, three-decades long story of how the dangerous scientist spread nuclear research and development and changed the world forever.

    "It's a tale of intrigue, international competition, terrorism and rogue state leaders who operate far beyond the light of open media and the oversight of international intelligence organizations and regulatory agencies.

    "Read and appreciate "Nuclear Jihadist" for the detailed exposure of the AQ Khan network and a fuller awareness of the spread of nuclear weapons and the ultimate danger this poses for America and the free world. (The New York Post).

  • "...a frightening book by two crack investigative reporters with no apparent ax to grind other than averting a holocaust..." (Oregonian).

  • "The authors wield old-school journalistic skills in weaving together facts with verve." (Rocky Mountain News).

  • "A true triumph of investigative journalism." (Express).

  • "The Nuclear Jihadist," too, offers fresh, behind-the-scenes detail.  Husband-and-wife reporting team Frantz and Collins spent four years crisscrossing the globe, interviewing intelligence officials and Khan's friends and former colleagues. The resulting account adds much to what was previously known about the origins of Khan's program." (Christian Science Monitor).

  • "Douglas Frantz, an investigative journalist and former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, and his wife, Catherine Collins, also a journalist, know how to weave complicated material into a persuasive narrative." (The Economist).

  • "This is an exceptionally important book about the most dangerous criminal enterprise of our time.  The Nuclear Jihadist is full of startling new details about A.Q. Khan's network and the investigations by the I.A.E.A. and the C.I.A. that finally stopped him - it is a masterwork of investigative and historical reporting." (Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize winning author of GHOST WARS: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001).

  • "The Nuclear Jihadist dissects the world's first nuclear black-marketeer.  From Iran to North Korea, A.Q. Khan supplied the most lethal weapons to the world's most menacing regimes." (Graham Allison, author of Nuclear Terrorism and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University).

  • "Charting the hubristic ambition of one man and the 'strategic' indifference of many governments, this book describes in gripping and disturbing detail how our world became a very dangerous place." (nkaj Mishra, author of TEMPTATIONS OF THE WEST).

Product Details

The Man from Pakistan
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
  • Pages: 432
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446199582
  • On Sale Date: 11/11/2008
The Man from Pakistan