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The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West Hardcover – August 24, 2009
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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
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Look, the book is an excellent work. Backed and supported by thorough research and end notes. Ambassador Gold seems to understand the Iranian mindset and history full well but here... Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by Winston
It is difficult to read, but I'm struggling through it: I received
a book after it, (My enemy my brother, by Hanna Shahin) and I've chosen to read it first, but then I plan... Read more
Nothing new here. Another Israeli beating the drum for war with Iran, as they have for at least the last 15 years. Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by Luther
After reading his last book, The Fight for Jerusalem I expected to have my eyes opened. Once I started reading this book I realized that was an understatement. Read morePublished on September 26, 2009 by Jacques Ambron