The Sheik of Baghdad: Tales of Celebrity and Terror from Pro Wrestling's General

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Saddam Hussein used a boyhood friend of his as a smoke screen when he was grabbing control of Iraq in the 1960s. Knowing that the country was enamored with wrestling, Hussein forced his former classmate, Adnan Al-Kaissy, to wrestle in giant spectacles that the public loved. Much like the gladiator matches staged by Roman Caesars, Hussein's wrestling matches featured Al-Kaissy were intended to entertain and appease the masses while Hussein became dictator.
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Overview

Saddam Hussein used a boyhood friend of his as a smoke screen when he was grabbing control of Iraq in the 1960s. Knowing that the country was enamored with wrestling, Hussein forced his former classmate, Adnan Al-Kaissy, to wrestle in giant spectacles that the public loved. Much like the gladiator matches staged by Roman Caesars, Hussein's wrestling matches featured Al-Kaissy were intended to entertain and appease the masses while Hussein became dictator.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572437302
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 673,265
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    a very unique biography.

    This book is filled with grammatical and spelling errors and could seriously use some better editing. However, the unique story is interesting. The author is one of the most conceited people I have ever heard of, but that is entertaining in and of itself. He grew up knowing Saddam Hussein and it is very interesting to read about the early forming of his character and the author's interactions with him as a young man. This book is a very quick, easy read. It contains several illustrations which also help add to the storyline. I am not a fan at all of wrestling, but I still found the story interesting even though it was not written well.

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