Award-Winning Journalist Doug Frantz '71 Co-Authors The Nuclear Jihadist
December 3, 2007
December 3, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets ... and How We Could Have Stopped Him, by Douglas Frantz, a 1971 graduate of DePauw University, arrives in bookstores today. The book, which tells the story of Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, is co-authored by Frantz's wife, journalist and author Catherine Collins.
A synopsis of the book states, "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."
Kirkus Reviews opines, "Thorough research and brisk prose propel a terrifying tale of greed, weaponry and geopolitics."
Doug Frantz is a senior writer at Condé Nast Portfolio and former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times. He has also been a reporter for the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of several honors for his investigative reporting. He is honored on DePauw's Media Wall of Fame. The Nuclear Jihadist is Frantz's ninth book.
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