Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Book Review: Two Minutes Over Baghdad
Two Minutes Over Baghdad
London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003
Category: Israel Air Force - History
This is the second edition of this book - updated from the original published in 1982 to include the names for many of the pilots whose identities had not yet been acknowledged at the time of the original raid.
Whereas Dan McKinnon's book focuses on the pilot's role in the mission, and Shlomo Nakdimon's book focuses on the diplomatic and technical aspects of the Osirak raid, Two Minutes Over Baghdad attempts to perform a little of both: providing more political background than McKinnon's book, and more of the operational perspective than Nakdimon's.
Well written, the book succeeds in providing an engaging survey of the decades leading up to the decision to stage the raid, and the diplomatic and political ramifications that followed. All told, a well balanced, historical perspective on a pivotal military operation of both regional and global significance.