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Raid on the Sun: Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied Saddam the Bomb

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  306 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
The first authorized inside account of one of the most daring—and successful—military operations in recent history

From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned—especially when they discovered that Iraqi scientists had already
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by Broadway (first published 2004)
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Feb 24, 2015 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting account of the Israeli raid. Not the best non-fiction read, however.
Dec 19, 2014 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-done
This was an abridged audio version that, under 6 hrs, is perfect for listening during a single session (long drive, at work, etc). It chronicles the details of the 1981 Israeli Air Force raid that destroyed an Iraqi nuclear plant before it could go online. Saddam claimed it was for peaceful power generation, but also was a key part of their nuclear weapon research efforts.

It starts with a brief history of Saddam's history and rise to power, some Mossad covert operations to get information needed
Dec 19, 2012 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Behind the scenes account of the Israeli raid on the nuclear power plant Iraq was trying to build. It gives the reader an idea of how much effort and energy goes into pulling off a mission like this. It also details all of the other strategies (sabotage, assassination, etc.)Israel employed to derail this plan. Also many high profile Israeli officials had their start with this mission. It is well written, and compelling, even with knowing the ending.
Dec 06, 2013 Foxglove rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Could not put this book down, a humanizing, gripping spy thriller that happens to be real, full of political intrigue, high drama, handsome heroes, evil villains and a terrifying climax. MUST read.
May 27, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
What's always amazed me about this moment in history is that despite out pivotal it was it has barely registered as a footnote.

In 2003 when we went back into Iraq part of the reason was Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program. When the absolute beyond a shadow of doubt proof wasn't found that satisfy even the most skeptical cynic (don't get me started on the mobile chemical labs to make "insecticide") the argument suddenly became that he never had a WMD program and that this was all just t
May 17, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't too sure of this book at the beginning. It's slow off the start but eventually picks up speed and gives a very intriguing story of the lead up to the mission. I thought it was very interesting how this mission tied into many other historical events. Especially those in the Middle East.
Sep 24, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, even though I knew how it ended, it still kept me on the edge of my seat. It tells the incredible story of Israel's secret mission in 1981 to deny Saddam the Bomb.
Ryan Schnier
Jan 23, 2016 Ryan Schnier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This account of the Israeli raid on the Osirak nuclear reactor was almost impossible to put down, especially after I reached about halfway through the book. It reads like a fictional thriller. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it could've used one last edit - it wasn't as professionally written as some other books and has some repetition/poor wording throughout.
Jul 28, 2012 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read about the air attack thet destroyed a nuclear reactor just before it went "hot". Read Bullseye One Reactor first if you can.

"Six F-15s had taxied out of their camouflaged hangers at the end of the runway and were holding on the tarmac ... the support fighters that would shadow the attack group all the way to the target ... They would circle west of Aqaba and wait for the eight F-16s to reform, then follow them into Iraq. His (the F-15 squadron leader) job was to jam Iraqi radar over al-Tuwa
Rafi Bloch
Amazing book about the harrowing and brave journey of 8 Israeli figher pilots in blowing up a major Iraqi nuclear facility. The book chronicles the life of Saadam Hussein and his quest for world domination and nuclear prestige. It also discusses the history of Israel within the Middle East, and how this nation the size of New Jersey becomes a nuclear powerhouse and military intelligence not to be compared with any other nation. Israel succeeds in duping the world many times over, but the most su ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Alvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slick fast read. I especially enjoyed its exploration of the entire project beyond just the actual flight mission itself. It delves into the politics behind the mission, the attempts by the Mossad to slow the development of the reactor (particularly fascinating) and the intense training and mission planning experienced by the pilots and of course the actual flight itself.
Some have questioned its veracity - former F16 pilots for example quibble about some depictions. Overall I cannot fault the
Jul 25, 2011 Martin added it
It's scarcely believable that the Israelis managed to pull off this operation. It's also odd that Israel allowed so much of this information to be declassified. It's also quite a neat trick of the writer to have elicited such fascinating emotions from those involved, in addition to incredible details that went into this (the operation and the book). The actual attack run elicits the same visceral response to the Rebel Fleet's attack run on the Death Star: positively heart-pounding.
Justin Greene
Nov 07, 2013 Justin Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an absolutely phenomenal book about the Israeli raid on Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor in the 1980's. Having traveled extensively through Europe and the Middle East, to include Iraq, this had a lot of personal ties to my experiences. The level of planning and precision on the part of the Israeli's is absolutely amazing, so amazing that the American's didn't even believe it was possible!
Homer H Blass
Interesting account based on interviews with the pilots who made the raid. Get interested in getting and reading it in light of current discussion about a similar situation possibly developing around Iran and Israel.This book much stronger on tactical matters rather than internal politics; international relations; or middle east relations.
Jul 04, 2011 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, but it could have been better. 1. Too much over the top cliche language when describing the emotions or swagger of the fighter pilots. 2. My Kindle ebook version reversed the placements of the prologue and epilogue. 3. Should have included more on the effects of the raid on world affairs and later nuclear proliferation attempts.
Robert Dunlap
Aug 10, 2013 Robert Dunlap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No particular fault with the book and I did learn a lot.

The background and lack (at least initially) of consensus among Israeli military and civilian leaders was remarkable. Good use of IDF doctrine. Lots of leadership lessons.

Especially this stuff: good stuff is often crazy on many, many levels.
Dec 10, 2007 Danial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raid on the sun is more than a fact based thriller, although it certainly is that.Rodger W.Claire takes the material and the people of clandestine legend and bring them into the light and context of history. He makes one wonder if the Osirak Operation may come to be seen as one of history,s turning point.
Oct 15, 2013 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Israeli Air Force bought F-16s from the US, trained at Hill AFB, and bombed a Nuclear Reactor in Baghdad. What is surprising was the international condemnation that Israel faced at the time—especially from France who was doing its best to capitalize off its nuclear weapons.
Josh Liller
Nov 22, 2007 Josh Liller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, middle-east
Real good book on the campaign by Israeli to destroy a nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981. Good writing style; not boring. As a military buff, I'm pretty sure the author goofs on a few technical details but I think its just minor stuff.
Aug 29, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A well written journey into Israel's attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981, condemned globally at the time. Very timely in today's world, with the possibility of history repeating itself with Iran.
Aug 02, 2010 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Israels attempt to sabotage Iraq's plan to build a nuclear power plant and eventually a nuclear bomb. It's a true story and if it wasn't for this operation, Iraq may have become a nuclear power.
May 28, 2010 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! The story covers the planning, attack and aftermath of the bomb raid on Iraq's nuclear reactor. This little known event in the western world probably shaped our own history more than we know.
Sep 02, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, history
This is a well written book on a pretty amazing little known op. The best parts of the book were about the black ops Israel conducted in defense of itself. The Israelis are ruthless and I loved it.
Dec 28, 2007 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives an inside look at Israel's raid on teh Osirak nuclear site in Iraq. It's historically a great book and gives a good background to today's nuclear problems. It's amazing.
Apr 15, 2011 Danjewygros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True story. Puts life to the people behind one of the most important military actions of the time. Ver well written.
Dec 04, 2007 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book, you can't help appreciate the swagger of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Mar 26, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: favorites
This book was probably one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read.
Jun 23, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. A real page turner. Hard to believe that it is not fiction!
Ahsan Zaffar Qayyum
A true eloquent & bone-chilling insight...brilliant sense of history
Sharad Sharma
Jul 03, 2014 Sharad Sharma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great true story ... highly recommended
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