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Well-wrtten, fast-paced story of real-life attack on Osiris reactor, nicely drawn biographical sketches of all the principal actors. I was on the edge of my seat all the time, couldn't put the book down even though I knew the ending.
Nov 29, 2007
Short, informative, and oddly current
I remember reading about the secret attack on the Osirik reactor years ago. Not much was mentioned in the news. Israel usually doesn't, at least immediately, comment on military actions. This one has suddenly become relevant insofar as there was another secret air attack on what may have been a nuclear reactor in Syria. Again, not much in the press. I believe more information came from the US state department than the IDF or Syria. This book is fascinating. It discusses the details of the raid, how the IDF received jets originally sold to the Shah of Iran, how the jets were modified to go far beyond spec, the dynamics of the pilots, and the domestic Israeli politics at the time. The author had unprecedented access to the pilots and was able to give considerable detail and feel for the contemporary environment. It is also relatively short and a quick read. There is so little published on this raid that I am not quite sure if information was deliberately left out to protect any military secrets even though the actual attack occurred so long ago. Excellent read. Oh yes, the real reason we never found WMDs in Iraq? The IDF took them out twenty years ago.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-03-08 This gripping account of Operation Babylon, the Israelis' 1981 raid on the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, is the first to draw on planners' and pilots' own memories. The raid was planned to follow a long campaign of espionage, sabotage and outright assassination by the Mossad, which had failed to prevent the French-built reactor from being about ready to produce weapons-grade plutonium in the summer of 1981. Then the Israeli air force, taking its new F-16s on their first combat mission and one far beyond their designed performance, struck, obliterating the reactor with no losses, few misses and only one civilian casualty. Tactics, technology and weapons are all presented in a clear manner that does not slow the pace. L.A.-based journalist Claire's group portrait of the eight superlatively skilled and trained pilots includes Zeev Raz, the squadron leader and now a general; the ace, Iftach Spector, who missed his target because he suffered a blackout induced by the flu; and Ilan Ramon, who became Israel's first astronaut and was lost on the Columbia. The final result reads like a techno-thriller that is difficult to put down once the mission gets airborne. (On sale Apr. 13) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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