September 11, 2001: Two engineers lose loved ones in the World Trade Center and travel together down a road of unthinkable revenge and mass murder. Exploiting gaps in international nuclear safeguards, they design and build a backyard atomic bomb. Taking advantage of loopholes in international shipping regulations, they smuggle their bomb into Saudi Arabia and detonate it, murdering a million innocent people in the City of Mecca. Meticulously researched, this work of fiction outlines the science and engineering of the simplest of nuclear weapons and underscores why nuclear proliferation is an issue of fundamental importance not just for the West, but for the whole world.
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