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An excellent book that gives a good, relatively up to date overview of the israeli military and arms industry. Includes areas on arms sales, drones, tank developement etc.
Some armchair generals may find they already know the details, but in an area (arms sales and tech.) generally overshadowed by a flood of information regarding US projects, I found this small nations ability to innovate quite impressive.
Overall this was very well done. the book suffers a little from overstating the uniqueness of some Israeli weapons programs. For example, the chapter on the Iron Dome seems to ignore the fact that the Patriot system was developed by the U.S. prior to the first Gulf War, and was actually deployed in Israel during that conflict. While a good case can be made for the superiority of the Iron Dome system as a short-range ballistic middle interceptor, the authors write the chapter on the Iron Dome almost as if the Patriot system did not exist long before the Iron Dome. More nuance would improve the material. On a stylistic note, the word "chutzpah" is overused, and the narrator's monolithic impression of all Israeli males is a bit overdone.
Overall, however, the book is good, and I recommend it.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This book has been sitting on my “to read pile” for some time. I am glad I read this book after I read the biography “The Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel” by Francine Klagsbrun. After reading about Golda’s struggles to obtain weapons, it paints the background for this book. This book discusses the evolution of Israel’s military weapons. It tells how the military had to create and manufacture its own weapons and also how they had to modify purchased weapons for their particular type of warfare and desert conditions. The author tells about testing the French Mirages to building drones, handguns and machine guns to cyber warfare.
The book is well written and researched. The authors not only tell the history of weapons but also the current state of research and development. It tells of the mindset of the people who are under constant pressure from surrounding countries that want to annihilate them. I found the section about drones fascinating. This book is not for everyone; but, for those interested in the research and development of military weapons, it is a fascinating book.
The book is about nine and a half hours. Paul Boehmer does a good job narrating the book. Boehmer is an actor, voice-over artist and audiobook narrator.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
When all your neighbours want you dead and you have nowhere else to go, you become a victim or you develop some defences that will assure your survival.
A very interesting book that describes the reasons Israel is a weapons developer far beyond its demographics would lead you to expect and how they have managed to get there.
Full of anecdotes and a with a bit of boastfulness the authors take us through a little of the history of Israel and some of the reasons some of their systems for battle have been developed and also who is buying some of this platform.
A very interesting book that is also a good example of what can be achieved when survival is the motivator.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful