New in paperback from Picador, on sale this week, is one for all you international politics buffs.
The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times by Mohammed ElBaradei
“ElBaradei has interesting stories to tell, and he tells them with verve… . Anyone wishing to glimpse some of the central tensions in twenty-first-century international diplomacy should read The Age of Deception.” —The Washington Post
“Foreign policy leaders and wonks everywhere will find plenty in this memoir to stir debates about the most vital task for global survival—the need to stop the spread of nuclear weapons… . That quest is ElBaradei’s story… . The Age of Deception provides the grist for serious debate.” —The New York Times Book Review
As the director of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Contending with the Bush administration’s assault on Iraq, the nuclear aspirations of North Korea, and the West’s standoff with Iran, he emerged as a lone independent voice, uniquely credible in the Arab world and the West alike. As questions over Iran’s nuclear capacity continue to fill the media, ElBaradei’s account is both enlightening and fascinating.
ElBaradei takes us inside the nuclear fray, from behind-the-scenes exchanges in Washington and Baghdad to the streets of Pyongyang and the trail of Pakistani nuclear smugglers. He decries an us-versus-them approach and insists on the necessity of relentless diplomacy. “We have no other choice,” ElBaradei says. “The other option is unthinkable.”
Mohamed ElBaradei served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997 to 2009. He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the IAEA, and has also been honored with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development; the Nile Collar; and the Roosevelt Institute’s Four Freedoms Award. Founder of the Egyptian opposition movement The National Association for Change, ElBaradei lives in Cairo.