Bomb in My Garden: The Secrets of Saddam's Nuclear Mastermind

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No one knows more about Iraq's nuclear weapons program than Mahdi Obeidi, the man who headed its successful uranium enrichment effort. In the immediate, chaotic aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq, Obeidi contacted the arms inspectors he had been forced to lie to for so many years, and voluntarily turned over the key plans and parts to U.S. intelligence. Among the revelations reported by the international media at the time: In the early 1990s, under orders to hide the core of the program from UN weapons inspectors,...
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Overview

No one knows more about Iraq's nuclear weapons program than Mahdi Obeidi, the man who headed its successful uranium enrichment effort. In the immediate, chaotic aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq, Obeidi contacted the arms inspectors he had been forced to lie to for so many years, and voluntarily turned over the key plans and parts to U.S. intelligence. Among the revelations reported by the international media at the time: In the early 1990s, under orders to hide the core of the program from UN weapons inspectors, Obeidi had buried in his backyard garden the critical elements necessary to build uranium-enriching gas centrifuges. What he turned over to U.S. intelligence in the summer of 2003 proved to be the entire remains of a program put on hold since the last Gulf War. Now, at last, Obeidi tells all, taking us inside Saddam's regime and revealing the truth about its quest for nuclear weapons. He captures in detail what life was like directly under Saddam's watchful eye - the intimidation, the paranoia, the impossible deadlines.
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Editorial Reviews

Jacob Heilbrunn
[Obeidi's] memoir is not an instructive guide to Iraq's quest for the bomb. It is an indispensable one. Expertly organized and packed with telling vignettes, it is never less than riveting. Not a member of Hussein's camarilla but in close contact with it, Obeidi draws on his experiences to depict a regime that became the premier consumer of its own propaganda.
— The New York Times
Michael Dobbs
The result offers insights into how a determined dictator, backed by sufficient resources, can come within reach of acquiring the world's most horrific weapons. It is a tale of cruelty and ruthlessness on the part of Hussein but also of naiveté and greed on the part of Western scientists who enabled Iraq to take shortcuts toward becoming a nuclear power.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
This compact and absorbing book reads like a thriller and adds considerably to our knowledge of the Iraq WMD situation. Obeidi was a trained engineer in the Iraqi oil industry, but his brilliant record led to his transfer to the nuclear weapons program. After the bombing of Iraq's Osirak reactor by Israel in 1981, he spearheaded the search for a working centrifuge as the best method of enriching fissionable material for a bomb. That work also involved him in a number of situations worthy of James Bond, as he sought classified knowledge and key components all over the world, under surveillance from both Saddam Hussein (and Saddam's son-in-law, the vividly portrayed Hussein Kamel) and foreign intelligence agencies. The author finally buried most of the relevant data, drawings and sample components in his backyard and turned them over to Coalition forces before emigrating to the United States. Pitzer was embedded for U.S. News & World Report with the army's 3rd Infantry, but left them as Baghdad fell, met Obeidi and played a role in the transfer of the documents. Together, they have produced an eloquent tale of a scientist who spent 20 years in a "damned if I do and damned if I don't situation" and survived with family and sanity intact. (Sept. 24) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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* “…explosive…” (The Independent Magazine, Saturday 5th November 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471679653
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

MAHDI OBEIDI oversaw Saddam's top-secret centrifuge program and later became director-general of Iraq's Ministry of Industry and Military Industrialization. The few remaining components and plans for the uranium-enriching centrifuge that he voluntarily turned over to the United States during the war still represent the largest collection of evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

KURT PITZER began the Iraq war embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division and jumped his embed when Baghdad fell. He met Obeidi there and helped him turn his secrets over to the United States.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
1. The Bomb in My Garden 1
2. Early Ambitions 29
3. The Centrifuge 53
4. Saddam's Grip 71
5. Shopping in Europe 99
6. The Crash Program 119
7. Nuclear Hide-and-Seek 141
8. The Dark Years 161
9. The March to War 185
10. The Time Capsule 203
Epilogue 225
Acknowledgments 231
Index 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    A Bit Disappointing

    Not a bad book neccesarily. It is just disappointing for someone who has read quite a few books about Iraq. If this were the 1st book I had read about Iraq, it would have been much more interesting. But the book contained no suprises and really no new information versus other books I have read on the subject. I was hoping that a top Iraqi nuclear scientist would have more to say about research in Iraq after 1991, but most of the book was about pre-1991 Iraqi nuclear ambitions, and contained old information, even though the book was written well after Operation Iraqi Freedom had long since started. But it does provide some detail as to just how quickly a nuclear weapons program could be put together and how dangerous people like Saddam Hussein can be with a functional nuclear weapons program.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    no weapons of mass destruction?

    a foil for micheal moore`s rants against america`s war in iraq. a chilling insight into how close saddam was to having a nuclear weapon that he wouldn`t have hesitated to use,either personally or by delivering it to one of the terrorist states that he supported.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    A thrilling and gripping story of an Iraqi scientist under Saddam Hussein.

    The authors have woven with astonishing ease, intricate scientific data and political events spanning decades, into a swift and chilling tale of one caught up in tyranny. The book engaged my mind until the end and left a sense of clarity in my conscience.

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