The Age of Deception
The Age of Deception
Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times
Metropolitan Books, Hardcover, 9780805093506, 352pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
For the first time, the Nobel Prize laureate and "man in the middle" of the planet's most explosive confrontations speaks out--on his dealings with America, negotiations with Iran, reform and democracy in the Middle East, and the prospects for a future free of nuclear weapons.
For the past two decades, Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, uncompromised voice. As the director of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, he has contended with the Bush administration's assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West's standoff with Iran. For their efforts to control nuclear proliferation, ElBaradei and his agency received the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
Now, in a vivid and thoughtful account, ElBaradei takes us inside the international fray. Inspector, adviser, and mediator, ElBaradei moves from Baghdad, where Iraqi officials bleakly predict the coming war, to behind-the-scenes exchanges with Condoleezza Rice, to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He dissects the possibility of rapprochement with Iran while rejecting hard-line ideologies of every kind, decrying an us-versus-them approach and insisting on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. Above all, he illustrates that the security of nations is tied to the security of individuals, dependent not only on disarmament but on a universal commitment to human dignity, democratic values, and the freedom from want.
Probing and eloquent, "The Age of Deception" is an unparalleled account of society's struggle to come to grips with the uncertainties of our age.
“ElBaradei has interesting stories to tell, and he tells them with verve... Anyone wishing to glimpse some of the central tensions in 21st-century international diplomacy should read The Age of Deception.” —Washington Post “ElBaradei passionately advocates making diplomacy the main recourse in counterproliferation—and he’s right to do so.... The Age of Deception provides the grist for serious debate even as it helpfully chronicles the International Atomic Energy Agency’s journey from a relatively obscure group of technicians to an organization with growing international clout.”—The New York Times Book Review “In this spirited memoir ElBaradei recounts ferreting out the nuclear secrets of the world’s most paranoid regimes, nerve-wracking adventures full of intrigue, car chases, and Pyongyang’s grim hotel accommodations. ElBaradei’s accounts of diplomacy are fascinating and rife with acerbic portraits of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and other world leaders... The result is a lively, acerbic take on recent geo-political confrontations that makes an impassioned case for using persuasion rather than punishment to resolve the direst threats.”—Publishers Weekly
Mohamad ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, discusses his new book, The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times," with Steve Inskeep. More at NPR.org
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