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4.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 54.55 out of 5 4.55 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rodger Claire Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9780743539364
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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. The reactor formed the heart of a huge nuclear plant situated twelve miles from Baghdad, 1,100 kilometers from Tel Aviv. By 1981, the reactor was on the verge of becoming "hot," and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin knew he would have to confront its deadly potential. He turned to Israeli Air Force commander General David Ivry to secretly plan a daring surgical strike on the reactor -- a never-before-contemplated mission that would prove to be one of the most remarkable military operations of all time.
Written with the full and exclusive cooperation of Israeli Air Force high command, General Ivry (ret.), and all of the eight mission pilots, Raid on the Sun tells the extraordinary story of how Israel plotted the unthinkable: defying its U.S. and European allies to eliminate Iraq's nuclear threat. Claire recreates a gripping tale of personal sacrifice and survival, of young pilots who faced a nearly unsurmountable challenge: how to fly the 1,000-plus-kilometer mission to Baghdad and back on one tank of fuel. He recounts Israeli intelligence's incredible "black ops" to sabotage constructions on the French reactor and eliminate Iraqi nuclear scientists, and he offers a pilot's eye-eye view of the action on June 7, 1981, when the planes roared off a runway on the Sinai Peninsula for the first successful destruction of a nuclear reactor in history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Raid on the Sun is an extraordinary look into the most secret, and perhaps the finest, air force on the planet. It is also a blistering indictment of the international arms industry that sell[s] modern weapons to anyone with money. Raid is required reading for everyone in the age of terror.” 

    Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A stunning eye-opener, shocking you with the realization of the enormous service the Israeli Air Force rendered the free world with its 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear facility. Claire went right to the source—the Israeli pilots who flew the mission—to tell in colorful detail the full story of this historic strike.” 

    Walter Boyne, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Until now, no one had told the full story of the extraordinary planning required for the raid and the derring-do of the pilots, who had calculated that there was a one-in-four chance of being shot out of the sky before reaching the target. Rodger Claire, a former magazine editor, has gained access to Israeli military records and to the pilots who handled the mission. In Raid on the Sun, he evokes the rigors and the risks of the plan…A movie-maker…could build a blockbuster around this story.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Claire breathes life into this largely forgotten event, and his sensitivity to the human element of the story—especially the ability of the Israelis to obtain human intelligence in planning their response—is striking. Extremely well written…highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 11/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 10/29/2013

    " Reading this book, you can't help appreciate the swagger of the Israeli Defense Forces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/17/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff.staker | 9/12/2013

    " Don't piss off the Israelis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/12/2013

    " Non-fiction that reads like a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 4/22/2013

    " This book was probably one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/13/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Sternklar | 10/7/2012

    " Fast read, could be a great novel but it's true "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Liller | 6/7/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 5/2/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahsan Zaffar | 2/28/2012

    " A true eloquent & bone-chilling insight...brilliant sense of history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danjewygros | 10/9/2011

    " True story. Puts life to the people behind one of the most important military actions of the time. Ver well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/18/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danjewygros | 4/15/2011

    " True story. Puts life to the people behind one of the most important military actions of the time. Ver well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 7/10/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 5/28/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 1/16/2010

    " Fast read, could be a great novel but it's true "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 9/2/2008

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/15/2008

    " Non-fiction that reads like a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 12/28/2007

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/3/2007

    " Reading this book, you can't help appreciate the swagger of the Israeli Defense Forces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 11/22/2007

    " 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. "

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About the Author

Rodger W. Claire, a former magazine editor, is the first journalist to attain complete access to everyone involved in the raid on Osirak and to the classified materials detailing it. The author of numerous articles and two screenplays, he lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.