AUTHORHersh, Seymour M.
TITLEThe Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy
PUBLISHERRandom House, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1991
ISBN0-394-57006-5


This book tells how Israel became a secret nuclear power during the Cold War with the help of the United States, and how the secret was maintained. The author relates the events that shaped the Israeli program, though he never strays far from U.S. interests and involvement. In his view, the Israeli nuclear program could not have existed without the continuous aid of the U.S. He also pays attention to the political climate between the two allies, and how different presidents affected the information flow between Israel and the U.S. The book is based on published sources and on extensive interviews with senior American officials and with Israelis interviewed in the United States and Europe.


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