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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1 edition (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985711
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If we stay on the path we're on....Get ready for the Ayatollahs to have the bomb.

That's the stark warning of Dore Gold, Israel's former ambassador to the United Nations and author of the New York Times bestseller Hatred's Kingdom. Diplomatic engagement with Iran, Gold warns, has never worked. Iran has pursued its nuclear ambitions at first in secret and then in defiance of the United Nations and Western protests--and it will not be stopped by Western diplomats waving olive branches and offering promises of aid or threats of sanctions. In The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West, you'll learn:

* Why a nuclear Iran could lead to a "terrorist bomb"
* Why the Arab world, as much as Israel, fears a nuclear Iran
* How Iran takes advant age of Western diplomacy
* The radical theology of the current Iranian regime--and its apocalyptic goals
* Iran's not-so-secret hegemonic aspirations for the Middle East, Islam, and even the rest of the world

Alarming and compelling, The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West, confronts us with the most important foreign policy question of our time: will Iran be allowed to become a nuclear power--and at what cost?

From the Back Cover

Insiders Warn: An Iranian Bomb Is Coming.

Time Is Running Out.

From 2003 to 2005, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator was Hassan Rowhani. He represented Iran in the key negotiations that resulted in a temporary suspension of its uranium enrichment activities in 2003. Despite being replaced in August 2005, anything he said about Iran's nuclear program was extremely sensitive. He made a staggering disclosure in a speech delivered in a closed-door meeting in Tehran as he was leaving his post, when he bragged that he had successfully outmaneuvered--and essentially deceived--the Western powers, led by the European Union, with whom he had negotiated: "When we were negotiating with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan." Isfahan was known by Western intelligence agencies to be precisely where the Iranians had erected a facility for completing the second important stage in the production of fuel for their clandestine nuclear weapons program...
--from the Introduction to The Rise of Nuclear Iran

Praise for The Rise of Nuclear Iran

"Ever since the issue of Iran's nuclear ambitions hit the headlines, the task of shaping a response to that looming threat to regional stability has been hampered by the belief that the choices available are limited to pre-emptive war or pre-emptive surrender to the Khomeinist regime. In this authoritative study, Dore Gold, one of Israel's leading strategic thinkers, shows that other choices may be available, especially now that the regime in Tehran is facing a growing domestic opposition."
--Amir Taheri, author of The Persian Night, and former editor of Kayhan, is also a frequent contributor to the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, and other publications.


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Anyone that has an opinion about world politics should read this book.
Jacques Ambron
Dr. Gold also makes it abundantly clear that if Iran attains nuclear weapons it will enhance the positions of terrorists groups like Hezzbolah.
Allen Roth
It will curdle your blood and make you want to strangle some diplomatic necks for sure!
J. Kunkle

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Allen Roth on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West could not have been published at a better time. Policymakers and ordinary citizens will benefit from reading this fact-filled study of the origins of Iran's nuclear program, its ultimate goals, and its challenges to America and the world. Dr. Gold's evidence erases all doubts about whether Iran's theocracy has any prohibitions about using nuclear weapons: They do not. His book also documents the failures of the West in engaging this regime. Dr. Gold demonstrates how the Iranians have perfected the use of time consuming diplomatic engagements to buy time to achieve their quest for nuclear weapons.

This book incorporates the history of Iran and its nuclear program from its beginnings under the Shah to the current political upheavals within the country. It is very informative on many levels. It provides readers with valuable information about the historical and religious forces that must be understood if the West is going to effectively deal with this nuclear threat. Dr. Gold also makes it abundantly clear that if Iran attains nuclear weapons it will enhance the positions of terrorists groups like Hezzbolah. It will provide them with a nuclear umbrella that will likely lead them to become even more adventuresome.

Dr. Gold is clearly an expert on this subject and an engaging writer who takes a potentially dry topic and turns into a fascinating page turner. Readers of his best-seller Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism will have enjoyed and benefited from a similar experience.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aron Stein on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dore Gold has done it again! In this well-researched and brilliantly written book, Ambassador Dore Gold explains why it is absolutely essential to the global security of the world that Iran not be allowed to get the bomb. He explains how a nuclear Iran will give a global umbrella for terrorists to act with impunity.

Ambassador Gold also clearly explains why the Obama Administration's policy of engagement with Iran is completely wrong. Iran has a long history of taking advantage of European engagement by buying itself more and more time to pursue their ultimate goal: a nuclear bomb. They engage in "diplomatic duplicity" by promising one thing to the west while doing the complete opposite.

Ambassador Gold debunks the theory of many intellectual elites who think that the world can live with a nuclear Iran. This is simply wishful thinking. Time is running out. The greatest threat the western world has faced in decades is about to emerge.

Ambassador Gold's position is well documented and well worth reading. More importantly the west had better take head of his message! I strongly recommend buying this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The threat of a nuclear Iran is closer and more dangerous than is popularly thought, and New York Times author Dore Gold examines the rising nuclear crisis that Iran pose to the West. From failed diplomatic engagements with Iran to disastrous consequences a nuclear Iran would pose to world stability, this details Iranian participation in covert international operations and maintains time is running out. Any political collection focused on world affairs needs this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Phillips on October 16, 2009
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This is a very timely written book on the Iranian dilema we all face, not just little Israel. As time progresses and the western powers dither and talk, Iran laughs and works overtime on preparedness for war. Given the hostile character and nature of the ruling Islamic theocratic religious system, manifested by open proclaimation, we have no excuse to be ignorant; we must not be found sleeping at the watch. Only a handfull of people recognized the terrible gravity of the Nazi beast in 1936 when they were showing their true colours to the world. How many in this present hour, especially leaders, recognize the deadly nature of the Iranian threat poised to be unleashed upon the world if it is not soon stopped!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Kunkle on September 17, 2009
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This book has opened my eyes further about the shocking history of the US and Iranian relations over the past twenty plus years. I never realized how evil men could be so deceptive in such a way as to sideslip all our "modern" intelligence agencies we have. They appear to continue to this day. I was glad to see that the book runs right up to current events happening this past summer (2009). It will curdle your blood and make you want to strangle some diplomatic necks for sure! Our current administration needs to read this finely researched book and take some lessons.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joe Carrieras on August 25, 2009
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This was not just an brilliantly informative book. It was an exciting read. But that excitement was peppered by moments of shock, fury and a sense of betrayal. That is because this is a ride through an insidious cover-up - the story of how Iran outwitted, outmaneuvered and utterly eluded Western diplomats - alongside a much more worrying story: how a regime of holy warriors reached the point where today, they're poised to get the bomb. We get deep inside the thinking behind Iran's two-pronged strategy: deceive and distract international monitors and diplomats, and attain nuclear power at all costs. No punches are pulled: Ahmadinejad and his regime are portrayed in his own words and exhortations, and in behind-the-scenes revelations, as the leader Western minds weren't built to understand. He is utterly driven by ideological, utopian visions, a leader for whom past paradigms of deterrence and cost-benefit analysis don't apply, and engagement would be equally useless. After reading this book, I take Iran much more seriously, and at its word. And I look back with shame, and outrage, at what our own leaders have done in the past - and concern that they're about to repeat the same mistakes. Mr. President, and all the rest of my fellow news-minded Americans, read this first!
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