Saddam: King of Terror

Saddam: King of Terror

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by Con Coughlin
     
 

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Drawing on intelligence gathered by Western governments as well as interviews with numerous defectors — including former generals, political associates, and bodyguards, as well as childhood friends — Saddam Hussein: King of Terror is the most insightful and illuminating portrait of Hussein ever published. It proves that the West's portrayal of

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Drawing on intelligence gathered by Western governments as well as interviews with numerous defectors — including former generals, political associates, and bodyguards, as well as childhood friends — Saddam Hussein: King of Terror is the most insightful and illuminating portrait of Hussein ever published. It proves that the West's portrayal of Hussein as a tyrant on a scale with Stalin and Hitler, which is often dismissed as mere rhetoric, is in fact accurate.

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Publishers Weekly
"Writing a biography of Saddam Hussein is like trying to assemble the prosecution case against a notorious criminal gangster. Most of the key witnesses have either been murdered, or are too afraid to talk," notes Coughlin. Despite these formidable obstacles, the London Daily Telegraph correspondent has assembled a timely, detailed portrait of the Iraqi dictator-though not one that fully supports the subtitle's implied link to al-Qaeda. Relying on both primary and secondary sources, as well as interviews with Iraqis living in exile, Coughlin examines how Saddam latched onto a pan-Arab ideology and developed a ruthlessness that allowed him to rise to the top of the Iraqi leadership in 1980. As Saddam became embroiled in the lengthy Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s, and then the 1991 Gulf War, Coughlin shows how the leader used violence to keep himself in power. While emphasizing the brutality of Saddam's regime, Coughlin also explains that the Iraqi strongman developed widespread support through a combination of social programs and cult of personality, and that support so far has survived the poverty and chaos of the past decade. Coughlin provides new details of Saddam's cruel behavior and of internal purges, as well as of the U.S. role, or lack thereof, in attempted coups-though he takes no position on a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq. Still, as a new military action looms, readers looking for a biography of Iraq's strongman will need to look no further. (Nov. 4) Forecast: Coughlin is booked on the Today show in early November, which will undoubtedly be only the beginning of a major media campaign. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Described by the publicist as up-to-the-minute-though next week's news could change all that. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786257751
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/19/2003
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
627
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.47(d)

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