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Nuclear Terror (Hardback)

The Bomb and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Wrong Hands

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Afghanistan War

By Al J Venter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 40
ISBN: 9781526723048
Published: 11th April 2018



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These are frightening times for us all: Sarin nerve gas being sprayed on innocent civilians in Syria, threats that biological warfare agents might be spread about on the New York Subway and the most terrifying of all, three dirty bomb attacks thwarted in Russia. The reality of all these developments is that the environment in which we live today is being seriously threatened by the calculated use of weapons of mass destruction, and from a variety of dissident sources.

Many rogue nations have attempted to build the bomb, an enormously complex task. So far only Pakistan and North Korea have succeeded, with Iran right now on the cusp of making that breakthrough. South Africa built six atom bombs in the 1970/1980s but with British, American and help from the International Atomic Energy Agency dismantled both the weapons and the entire programme shortly before Nelson Mandela came to power.

In Nuclear Terror, Venter assesses the developments over the past 10 years of different countries in their attempts to build a nuclear programme. Not inflammatory, or scaremongering, Venter takes an objective stance in chronicling these recent developments overseas and adds another valuable contribution to this conversation.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I saw this book and knew I had to read it, what you get is a scary look at what happens when nuclear weapons get into the wrong hands.

Don't be put off, you get alot of information without being bogged down by science and also an up to date look at who has nuclear weapons.

I have alot of interest in this area and this is the best book I have read and it shall be on the book shelf as a reference for some years to come.

Amazon Customer, Richard Domoney-Saunders

Author article: Betting Against “The Bomb” as featured by

American Survival Guide, April 2019

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Forces Network

Although this volume is of the ‘Learned Tome’ genre, and is consequently likely to appeal to readers of a more academic persuasion, it is well-written and quite readable.

NZ Crown Mines

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Military History Monthly, May 2018

About Al J Venter

Al J. Venter is a specialist military writer and has had 50 books published. He started his career with Geneva’s Interavia Group, then owners of International Defence Review, to cover military developments in the Middle East and Africa. Venter has been writing on these and related issues such as guerrilla warfare, insurgency, the Middle East and conflict in general for half a century. He was involved with Jane’s Information Group for more than 30 years and was a stringer for the BBC, NBC News (New York) as well as London’s Daily Express and Sunday Express. He branched into television work in the early 1980s and produced more than 100 documentaries, many of which were internationally flighted. His one-hour film, Africa’s Killing Fields (on the Ugandan civil war), was shown nationwide in the United States on the PBS network. Other films include an hour-long programme on the fifth anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, as well as AIDS: The African Connection, nominated for China’s Pink Magnolia Award.

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