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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (October 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405020814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405020817
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,094,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.".. readers looking for a biography of Iraq's strongman will need to look no further." -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Con Coughlin is Foreign Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and the author of two highly acclaimed books on the Middle East - Hostage (1992) and A Golden Basin Full of Scorpions (1997). Through contacts built up for more than a decade he has exclusive access to key sources on modern Iraq and Saddam's regime. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hussain Abdul-Hussain on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
How did the impoverished boy from the middle of nowhere become Iraq's strongest dictator and its most brutal tyrant?

In a wonderful narrative and an attractive style Con Coughling answer this question as more as he sheds light on the life of deposed Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein in his book Saddam Hussein: The Secret Life.

Saddam's life might have been secret for many Westerners and even non-Iraqi Arabs, but for Iraqis, the stories of terror, corruption and palace conspiracies were everywhere. Coughlin did a marvelous job in documenting them and putting them together.

The book highlights Saddam's mastery of fist-fighting at first, which compensated his little intellect and political ability. That was one of the main reasons why the Baath Party's founders and mentors took him under their wing and elevated him to the highest of position: Saddam was ready and willing to terrorize others on behalf of the Baath and impose a harsh rule.

Eventually, Saddam, a hard worker fascinated by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, eliminated his own comrades and even family members. The book shows the downward way of Saddam and his family which ultimately led to their political isolation, the destruction of Iraq and finally hi own deposition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eichenlaub on August 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
As the manager of [...] and writer for other sites on Iraq I can say that Coughlin is well connected in the Middle East and his views are worth hearing.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on March 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
This comprehensive biography takes us from Saddam Hussein's obscure birth in the late 1930's to late 2002, shortly before the 2003 Iraq War that removed the bloodthirsty tyrant from power.
The book reveals Saddam's millitary, logistical and finacial support for Al Qaida in the period before the 911 bombings of the Twin Towers, in New York.
Immediately after the atrocity by Al Qaida Saddam put Iraq on a war footing. Iraq's support for Al Qaida was certainly ample reason to justify a US attack on Iraq.
Saddam had a harsh and deprived childhood, much like fellow mass murderers Stalin and Hitler. He was strongly influenced by his maternal uncle Khairallah Tulfah, with whom Saddam lived for some years from when he was about nine. Khairallah was a strong Nazi sympathizer who was imprisoned for four years following following his part in the failed pro-Nazi coup of 1941.
He clearly was a strong influence on Saddam's political outlook. Khairallah authored a document published on Saddam's orders, many years later, in 1981, entitled "Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews and Flies".
The book covers Saddam's early career as a street thug, and his first political murder in 1958.
It also covers important events in Iraq's modern political history, and Saddam's rise to power such as:
*The 1958 Free Officers Revolution, in which the young King Faisel II and his family were massacred, and the monarchy deposed, and General Abdul Karim Qassem installed as dictator, with the support of the Iraqi Communist Party.
* The failed 1959 coup nationalist against Qasem, which led to a brutal orgy of rape, looting and mass murder by the Communists against the nationalists and their families.
* Saddam's exile in Egypt after his attempted assasination of Qassem.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Fletcher on October 14, 2010
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Well, someone had to justify the almost totally unjustifiable (ie a 'liberation mission' for the Iraqis ends up killing over a million, producing mass homelessness and poverty, food and power shortages, etc) Iraq War. Coughlin attempts so here, portraying Saddam as a man just as draconian as Hitler and Stalin, claiming he funded and organised a large part of al-Qaeda and saying a load of other made-up rubbish with the intention of shocking the reader to the degree they would support the Iraq War. Don't read this.
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