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The Way Of The World

By: Ron Suskind (411.1/35933)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781847374486

In a sweeping, propulsive, and multilayered narrative, The Way of the World investigates how the West relinquished the moral leadership it now desperately needs to fight the real threat of our era: a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists. Suskind shows where the most neglected dangers lie in the story of ‘The Armageddon Test’ – a desperate gamble to send undercover teams into the world’s nuclear black market to frustrate the efforts of terrorists trying to procure weapons grade uranium. In the end, he finally reveals for the first time the explosive falsehood underlying the Iraq War and the Blair-Bush coalition.

The Way of the World simultaneously follows an ensemble of characters around the world turning fear and frustration into a desperate – and often daring – brand of human salvation. They include a striving, 24-year old Pakistani émigré, a fearless UN refugee commissioner, an Afghan teenager, a Holocaust survivor’s son, and Benazir Bhutto, who discovers, days before her death, how she’s been abandoned by the United States at her moment of greatest need. They are all testing Western values at a time of peril, and discovering solutions – human solutions – to so much that has gone wrong.

September 2008


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