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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 (NY) (first published September 20th 1991)
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Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mohamed IBrahim
كتاب جيد ولكنه ممل في أجزاء كبيرة ويفتقد للترابط
ربما كان في النهاية تجميعات صحفية في روح تحليلة ولكنها جيدة بشكل كبير
كتاب يتحدث عن تطور الترسانة النووية الصهيونية والتي ظلت سرا محاطاٌ بالكتمان التام
في الكتاب سلط الكاتب الضوء عن أمور كثيرة مهمة ولا يعرفها الكثير
مثل تسليطه الضوء علي شخصيه بيجرمان عالم الكيمياء الصهيوني والأب الروحي للقنبلة النووية الصهيونية
وكذلك تطرق الكاتب للنقاشات والاعتراضات والسياسة الداخلية المعقدة التي واجهها المشروع النووي في ديمونة طوال ال30 عاماٌ الذي كان الكتاب يتحد
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.
Nick Black
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: oppenheimania
really solid journalism, and certainly the best book on israel's nuclear program, but about as dry as they come.
Nov 22, 2009 rated it liked it
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!
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seymour Hersh is an excellent journalist and is in the top 1% of investigative journalists. This book was an easy read where the narrative flowed smoothly and kept my attention. The subject was one which I was greatly interested in and Hersh did not disappoint. He delivered fact after fact backed up by his sources. The bar for 5 stars is set very high for me so I am rating this 4 stars...a really great read!
Mohamed  Tarik El fouly
كتاب خطير جداً عن القوى النووية الاسرائيلية... لما تعرف ان اسرائيل عاملة شبكة صواريخ نووية حوالين القدس... وزرعة الغام نووية ف الجولان... وفحرب اكتوبر كانت بتخطط لضرب القاهرة ودمشق بالقنابل النووية...

من اهم مهام الرئيس القادم هى العمل على انشاء ترسنة نووية مصرية او بمعنى اصح سلاح الردع... وإلا فعلياً اسرائيل حتفضل متحكمة فينا حتى بعد خلع مبارك
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إبداع وتميز
good book
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seymour Hersh at his best! Brilliant!
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع يكشف إحدى أكثر الأمور غموضا في هذا العالم: الترسانة النووية الإسرائيلية.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good book full of a lot of information ,but sometimes i feel it is not in order
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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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