The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot

Jan 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

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The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot

"Military reporters and defense analysts Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot chronicle how Israel became one of the world’s top six arms exporters...tells the story of how an ancient and stateless people returned to their homeland after 2,000 years and, against all odds, not only survived, but prospered." ―ReformJudaism.org

"An enlightening look into one of the less-familiar corners of the modern military world." ―Kirkus Reviews

“These fascinating stories explain how Israel became a key source of brilliant military innovation for the entire world. From developing drones out of toy airplanes to cyber warfare against Iran, The Weapons Wizards tells Israel’s amazing tale.” ―Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

"The Weapon Wizards is a fascinating analytical history of a remarkable series of creative disruptions in weapons and strategy by Israeli military and technical organizations-sometimes by wonderfully stubborn individuals (e.g. Abe Karem) father of the Predator, standing alone against the crowd. Katz and Bohhot chronicle superbly how nations can survive and win: follow Gideon and nurture the troublemakers." ―R. James Woolsey, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency between 1993-1995

"Israel would not exist today if it's technology were not a few steps ahead of the other side. This is the untold story of how Israel has solved technological challenges that seemed flat out impossible―like shooting down short range missiles. Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot tell this story with the authority and flair that only great journalists with deep experience in the field can bring. These challenges continue, and could not be more relevant not just for Israel, but for countries around the world." ―Saul Singer, co-author Start-Up Nation

"The survival of Israel is not conventional. Having no natural resources, Israel became a champion of technology in agriculture and security. It started by using its human wealth and has remained a start-up nation. The Weapon Wizards shows that the merit of the human is the richest resource of our future; builders, fighters and pioneers can enrich a land more than the land enriched them." ―Shimon Peres, Israel's president (2007-2014) and prime minister (1984-1986 and 1995-1996)

"The Weapon Wizards is an essential read for anyone trying to understand Israel and its military. Katz and Bohbot, two of the country's leading defense reporters, tell this fascinating tale how Israel became a military superpower amid endless conflict and against all odds." ―Lt.-Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz, Israel's former defense minister (2002-2006) and IDF chief of general staff (1998-2002)

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