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Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 3, 2009
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“In Hide and Seek, Charles Duelfer explains what went on inside two governments, the U.S. and Iraq, over a decade. He details how misunderstandings become a tragedy. Only Duelfer knew and met with the senior officials in both governments. This is the inside story.”
Former Senator and co-Chair of the WMD Commission, Chuck Robb
“No American understood the Saddam Regime better than Charles Duelfer. In Hide and Seek, based on his personal experiences, he identifies the tragic miscalculations on both sides stemming from avoidable ignorance. Duelfer has a keen sense of history and he pulls no punches. For policy makers and analysts on Iraq, Iran and North Korea, Hide and Seek is destined to become the definitive reference. For the rest of us, it is a fascinating educational experience—and a whale of a good read!”
Governor Bill Richardson, former US Ambassador to the UN
“Duelfer spells out how we got into the tragedy of Iraq. He was there—in Baghdad, CIA, State Department, the White House, and the United Nations. Iraq did not need to be this bad. Read this and learn what to avoid in the future.”
Kirkus, December 15, 2008
“One of the few senior-level officials who dealt with Saddam Hussein’s government on a regular basis before the U.S.-led invasion relates his experiences as a former weapons inspector and WMD hunter…. Duelfer ably sketches the frustrating and difficult history of U.S.-Iraqi relations and his part in them…. It’s the author’s on-the-ground experiences that make this book so engaging, and at times chilling. Shortly after the invasion, one Iraqi security official told him bluntly, ‘You know, to rule Iraq, you will have to become Saddam.’ That comment, Duelfer writes, would echo in his mind for a very long time. A knowledgeable look at Iraq from a unique perspective."
Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2009
“Duelfer is a close observer of events that have shaped U.S. foreign policy in the last two decades, and, as such, his insights and descriptions are invaluable…. His chapter on the interrogation of Hussein by FBI agent George Piro is the stuff of psychological drama. If someone isn’t working on a screenplay, they should.”
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While it must be pointed out that he is selling a book here, he is certainly the foremost of experts on the topic of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. No one else has spent as much time on the ground and knows Iraq backwards and forwards like he does. Duelfer knows all of the major players in Iraq. While I might disagree with some of the things he has to say, he has certainly earned the right to provide this firsthand account which should be considered an important primary document for future historians.
I would say his writing--from what I've read so far--is fairly balanced. However, it is EXTREMELY important to note that he is very nuanced. For those who are cynical, you could say Duelfer knows how to "play the center." Indeed, when he presented his findings from the Iraq Survey Group to Congress, there was ample fodder for those in both parties to either defend or attack the Bush Administration's policies. If you have inclinations that are significantly right or left of center, you should keep this in mind.
At the end of the day, this is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Iraq or the use of intelligence to support decision-making at the highest levels of the US Government. Highly recommended.
First of all, the book reads like a novel, thanks to Duelfer's anecdotal approach complemented by his typical and almost satirical dry humor. Secondly, I think that the book provides a unique optic for not only gaining a better appreciation of Duelfer's 2004 WMD report but also for providing the context that will allow one to critically discern the chaff from reality in the barrage of media sound bytes on what was and wasn't found, concluded, or done in the search for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
I know Duelfer. He's an adrenaline but not a glamour junkie. He's not the kind who is looking for a stage or a story. And, I believe that the motivation for his writing of this book, after he had already published his findings in his comprehensive 2004 report, is because he felt that the public's conclusions drawn from the report were not fully informed. He wanted a last shot in telling the story through his own eyes so maybe people could see the same data through a different lens. Maybe it would or would not make a difference but I think it provided him the platform for writing the epilogue to this long saga--a saga to which he had devoted a good part of his career as a civil servant.
What I found to be the most enlightening "lesson learned" from this book is that the "devil is in the details.Read more ›
However I also want to note that my kindle edition is abysmally edited. It seems like every other screen has a typo or missing punctuation. I can figure out pretty quickly that Militar is really supposed to be Military. Other errors and missing "periods" are harder to decipher. This is especially true when the next sentence starts with a proper noun.
Presumably this is not a problem with the physical copy. This might be a book you should get from a bookstore.
With all the facts presented here, the book could have been dry or didactic. I found it to be neither. I found it to be so compelling at times, I could not put it down. The section on Saddam's final days alone are well worth the cover price. There are also sprinkled throughout, telling details which gave me opportunities to imagine what things must have been like. I know my imagination is no substitute for experience but I was glad for the chance to use it. In my youth, I used to believe there was no intersection between books that teach and books that entertain. I am very pleased to again find a book which dispels that notion.
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Awesome reading. We ALL need to read this book. Very eye openingPublished on July 27, 2014 by Jeanne Broadway
Many U.S. citizens lives have been defined by the relationship between the United States and Iraq. To not understand the challenge to worldwide peace that Iraq has created over... Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Deborah Gabriel
Very informative book and should be read by every intelligence analyst and every politician. I didn't like The book was a little bit wordyPublished on January 31, 2014 by Mudar
I learned a bit from the book. I cannot recommend it. There are so many books about Iraq. Better ons. merciPublished on November 29, 2012 by Sascha T.
Since the beginning of the second Gulf War, this reviewer has made it a point of reading the memoirs of as many of the key individuals involved in this episode of US history. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Newton Ooi
Duelfer, intelligent and articulate, does a stellar job in presenting a balanced and incisive look at the incredible dynamics that understandably led to our long term invovlement... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by KonaTom
This book has been informative of issues I never knew. Be it right or wrong, we got involved in Iraq. This book tries to describe how all that happened. Read morePublished on March 6, 2009 by H. Etchell