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The Samson Option

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s/t: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal & American Foreign Policy
An investigation into Israel's nuclear capabilities discloses information about the country's rush toward nuclear status, its collaboration with South Africa and Iran, and its espionage activities. Reprint. NYT
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published October 27th 1991 by Random House (first published September 20th 1991)
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Clif
Sep 26, 2010 Clif rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of espionage
Written in 1991, The Samson Option is Seymour Hersh's account of Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

As you'd expect of a documentary, the book is filled with fascinating facts that are little know by the public.

The primary result of reading this book is a keen awareness of how American administrations have been almost uniformly unheeding to Israel's progress toward membership (though denied) in the nuclear club.

Because Israel is such a tiny country and America is so huge, the advantages for
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Jennifer Abdo
Hersh is always blowing the lid off of secrets. I found this riveting. It explains Israel's nuclear secrets and position and how we looked the other way (and continue). The story of how they became a nuclear power is incredible and telling. After reading you will ask if we really want to be "friends" or if they are actually reciprocating our friendly relationship.
Kerriwyn
This book was very dry, quite boring and seemed somewhat anti-Semetic if you ask me. That being said, I am 32 years old and didn't know that it was ever a secret for Israel to become a nuclear power. It was sorta interesting to see how the politics were conducted behind-the-scenes. Man, I hate politics! I really think it's all one big conspiracy. Anyway, now I know somewhat about Isreal and their determination to not be wiped off the face of the earth. I love me the Jews so, hey, good on ya's!
Thamrong
Isreal secret quest for atomic bombs.
Pelaut
Seymour Hersh at his best! Brilliant!
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Seymour (Sy) Myron Hersh is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a "five-time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award."

He first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the
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