Saddam Hussein: A Biography

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In July 1979, Saddam Hussein became the President of Iraq. His dictum was simply expressed—power through terror. During the first decade of his presidency, Saddam engaged in three wars: the Iran-Iraq War, the invasion of Kuwait, and the Gulf War of 1991. After September 11th, the war on terrorism led to the war against Iraq that began in March 2003 and the eventual capture of Sadddam Hussein effecitively ending his rule over the Iraqi people. On April 9, 2003, a handful of U.S. Marines helped a small crowd of ...

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Overview

In July 1979, Saddam Hussein became the President of Iraq. His dictum was simply expressed—power through terror. During the first decade of his presidency, Saddam engaged in three wars: the Iran-Iraq War, the invasion of Kuwait, and the Gulf War of 1991. After September 11th, the war on terrorism led to the war against Iraq that began in March 2003 and the eventual capture of Sadddam Hussein effecitively ending his rule over the Iraqi people. On April 9, 2003, a handful of U.S. Marines helped a small crowd of Iraqis gathered in Firdos Square to tear down a statue of Saddam Hussein. Since his capture, Saddam has been transferred to Iraqi legal custody and awaits his trial for atrocities committed during his regime.

This biography details SaddaM's difficult childhood in Tikrit and his politically influential teenage years in Baghdad with his uncle. His involvement with the Iraqi Ba'ath Party led to his participation in an assassination attempt on then Prime Minister Qassem. In his early political life, Saddam retained the lessons of village life learned in his difficult Tikrit childhood, but they would become enmeshed with his discovery of Ba'athism and pan-Arabism. Once he became President of Iraq, Saddam often ruled with force and a carefully cultivated image throughout the use of visual imagery and books. Though Saddam no longer rules Iraq, the legacy of his reign will likely shape Iraqi history for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[T]races Saddam Hussein's life from his childhood in Tikrit until his capture by US troops in April of 2003. The author attempts to show how lessons learned from SaddaM&Apos;s difficult childhood would later be applied to his understanding of Ba'thism, pan-Arabism, and method of rule."

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Middle East Journal

"Saddam Hussein is a chilling look at the terror and brutality of this man's legacy."

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VOYA

VOYA - Julie Roberts
This series of challenging yet accessible biographies from Greenwood is specifically geared toward high school students. As the introduction states, it "offers an extensive selection of biographies spanning all curriculum-related subject areas . . . , as well as popular culture, covering public figures and famous personalities from all time periods and backgrounds, both historic and contemporary, who have made an impact on American and/or world culture." Some of the choices for the series are Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa, Carl Sagan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jesse Jackson. Each book follows the subject's life from birth through adulthood and includes their family history, education, and accomplishments. President George W. Bush once stated, "The leader of Iraq is an evil man," and it remains the general perception of Hussein today. Balaghi's biography of Saddam Hussein "situates key moments of his life within the larger history of Iraq" to show how this man came to be. It follows his life from his peasant childhood through his turbulent political career, and ends with his humiliating capture in December of 2003. Saddam Hussein is a chilling look at the terror and brutality of this man's legacy. This series is excellent. The biographies are interesting and consider their subjects from all angles, both personal and professional. Each one also includes a time line, thorough notes, and bibliographies. There are a few black-and-white photos included as well. But the real gem is the writing-the authors have fully researched their subjects and manage to turn out accessible and appealing introductions.
From the Publisher

"[T]races Saddam Hussein's life from his childhood in Tikrit until his capture by US troops in April of 2003. The author attempts to show how lessons learned from SaddaM&Apos;s difficult childhood would later be applied to his understanding of Ba'thism, pan-Arabism, and method of rule."

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Middle East Journal

"Saddam Hussein is a chilling look at the terror and brutality of this man's legacy."

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VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313330773
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SHIVA BALAGHI is Associate Director of Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Iraq of Saddam Hussein's Childhood

Saddam's Rise to Power

Saddam Becomes "The Deputy"

Saddam's Wars

Saddam After the Gulf War

The Specter of Saddam

The Fall of Saddam

Endnotes

Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    EXCELLENT BOOK

    SHOULD BE READ BY ALL WHO NEED A WELL-WRITTEN DOCUMENT ON SADDAM HUSSEIN.

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