Shadow Strike: Inside Israel's Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power, Yaakov Katz

Read it as a thriller. Read it as a reminder of history. Or read it as a primer for understanding what Israel, the region, and the world face in dealing with nuclear danger. Ehud Olmert wasn’t supposed to be prime minister but Arik Sharon was incapacitated by stroke, then Olmert is elected PM. He has a plan called Convergence for pulling out of the West Bank, unilaterally leaving settlements and military bases. He proposes it to Egypt, Europe, and the United States. On July 12, 2006, while Olmert is in his office with Gilad Shalit’s parents, an aide informs him of trouble in the north, with two more soldiers missing. The Second Lebanon War intervenes. Then, in August 2007, a new challenge faces Israel, and Sayeret Matkal commandos must go into Syria and get pictures and soil samples. The Syrian nuclear reactor is discovered; it is suspected as being built by North Korea. At the time, there was a code, a vow of silence, that the military and civilian leaders followed. Olmert couldn't and wouldn't use the attack to boost his political fortunes. Katz, the editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, imagines what the Middle East would be like today had Israel not acted, and whether Israel will feel compelled to act again against Iran.


Olive + Gourmando, Dyan Solomon

This is a new coffee table book that celebrates the famous restaurant in Old Montreal. Solomon, the owner, shares over 150 of her favourite recipes. Her reflections, memories, and anecdotes are interspersed throughout this beautiful book. As the back cover states, "Solomon has never lost sight of what matters most: her love of making the ordinary, extraordinary."


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Why Don't Cars Run On Apple Juice?: Real Science Questions from Real Kids, Kira Vermond

This is a Q&A book from visitors of the Ontario Science Centre by Vermond, an accomplished children's non-fiction author and journalist. The book is comprised of fifty fun, interesting questions such as, "Why do we have different faces but ants do not?; How do we really know a meteor killed the dinosaurs?; If I were to sneeze in outer space, would my head blow up?" The questions are organized into five topics: Planet Earth, Living Things, the Human Body, Outer Space, and Big Ideas. At the back of the book there is an index and a list of resources. This informative, thought-provoking, child-friendly book is aimed at youngsters 7-11. Colorful, creative, and cheerful cartoon-like creatures by illustrator Suharu Ogawa enhance the clear text, written in concise paragraphs. Highly recommended!


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