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Authors Efraim Karsh and Inari Rautsi, experts on Middle East history and politics, have combined their expertise to write what is largely considered the definitive work of one of the world's most reviled and notorious figures. Drawing on a wealth of Iraqi, Arab, Western and Israeli sources, including interviews with people who have had close contact with Saddam Hussein throughout his career, the authors trace the meteoric transformation of an ardent nationalist and obscure Ba'th party member into an absolute dictator. Skillfully interweaving a realistic analysis of Gulf politics and history, and now including a new introduction and epilogue, this authoritative biography is essential for understanding the mind of a modern tyrant.
Posted July 25, 2014
I have read many of the few books written on Saddam Hussein and this book is by far my favorite. I originally purchased this book in hardback, but since I wanted to read it again I purchased it on my Nook. It covers a lot of the information that I read in other Saddam Hussein books. This book is the most informative book that I have read on Saddam Hussein. It is very well written and easy to read. You truly will not want to put the book down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.