A riveting, revealing and newsmaking account of the CIA's interrogation of Saddam Hussein, written by the CIA agent who conducted the questioning.
"Mr. Nixon, the first C.I.A. officer to interrogate Hussein after his capture in December 2003, reveals gobsmacking facts about that deposed Iraqi leader that raise new questions about why the United States bothered to invade Iraq to oust him from power. These details will likely appall Americans who have watched their nation’s blood and treasure wasted in Iraq ever since…. More broadly, Mr. Nixon offers a stinging indictment of the C.I.A. and what he sees as the agency’s dysfunctional process for providing intelligence to the president and other policy makers…. Mr. Nixon’s book comes at an extraordinary moment, when President-elect Donald J. Trump is already at war with the C.I.A….“Debriefing the President” will add fuel to the fire of the Trump-led criticism. It will also send a chilling warning to anyone counting on the C.I.A. to stand up to Mr. Trump once he is in office.” – James Risen, The New York Times
“Gripping…Nixon’s book, Debriefing the President, gives more ammunition to the skeptics; indeed, some of its contents can only be described as sensational.” – John Cassidy, The New Yorker
"Nixon captures the psychological give-and-take of these exchanges [with Saddam Hussein] with gripping readability...and he describes the resultant verbal sparring with a sharp ear for nuance." – Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor
"A damning indictment of the perversion of a major intelligence service by little minds inside and above it." –The Times of London
Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era’s most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America’s most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world’s most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.
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About the Author
John Nixon was a senior leadership analyst with the CIA from 1998 to 2011. He did several tours in Iraq and was recognized by a number of federal agencies for his contribution to the war effort. During his time with the CIA, Nixon regularly wrote for, and briefed, the most senior levels of the US government. He also taught leadership analysis to the new generation of analysts coming into the CIA at the Sherman Kent School, the Agency’s in-house analytic training center. Since leaving the Agency in 2011, Nixon has worked as an international risk consultant in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Unfinished Business 1
1 "Holy Shit, It's Saddam!" 11
2 "Dare To Be Right" 29
3 Destination Baghdad 43
4 Winging It 63
5 Getting Under Saddam's Fingernails 77
6 The Persian Menace 91
7 Turbans In Politics 107
8 Death to Shiites and Zionists 125
9 Saddam Blows his Top 145
10 Deep Dive In The Oval Office 159
11 Crosswise with the President 173
12 In The Shadow Of His Father 187
13 The First Draft Of History 201
14 Leaving With Regrets 217
Epilogue: A Hanging in the Middle of the Night 231
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good, but... There is a lot of useful information about what was learned from interrogating Saddam Hussein; unfortunately, it is all in the introduction. The remainder of the book is filler. Admittedly, REALLY good stuff here, but when you have finished the introduction you need read no further. The rest is tedium.