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James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy


William Langewiesche has the reputation of being one of America's best investigative reporters. Unfortunately, he has written a very bad book on nuclear proliferation. Although The Atomic Bazaar does include some useful reporting, it is marred by substantive errors and misjudgments. There are no footnotes, and almost all the quoted sources are anonymous, making it difficult for the reader to judge the credibility of Langewiesche's conclusions and of his interlocutors' statements. Worse, if policy makers were to accept his major theme—that the spread of nuclear weapons is inevitable and there is little hope in trying to stop it—they would not take the actions needed to make the world a safer place.


Bunn, Matthew. "Bombs We Can Stop." Review of The Atomic Bazaar, by William Langeweische. American Scientist, September/October 2007.