- Hardcover: 315 pages
- Publisher: Integrity Publishers (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591454042
- ISBN-13: 978-1591454045
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saddam's Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied & Survived Saddam Hussein Hardcover – December 30, 2005
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Former Iraqi General Sada delivers a riveting inside account of Saddam Hussein's tyranny, including confirmation of the existence and hiding of weapons of mass destruction. Despite being a Christian and refusing to join the Baath Party, Sada was promoted to Saddam's inner circle for his honest advice. Sada criticizes most countries and the United Nations (whose workers he accuses of accepting bribes) for their complicity in propagating Saddam's regime. But he strongly praises Operation Iraqi Freedom, pointing out that no other country would take the first step. The book has an unexpectedly religious angle, being slightly Christian-centric and paranoid over Muslim population growth in the West. Regardless, Sada blames Saddam for destroying Iraq, but remains hopeful the nation will have a chance to become a modern society, fulfilling its great historical legacy.
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The bad parts of the book are significant. Most of the book is spent in stories about what a great guy Sada is. There are innumerable stories that go something like this, "Saddam was very angry at Joe. But i knew Joe from my earlier days when I was a flight trainer. Joe was a good guy. I knew it was risky, but I had to tell Saddam the truth, 'Saddam, Joe is innocent of wrongdoing.' And then Saddam let him go. I felt joy and relief."
I don't disbelieve that the author did these good tasks. The hard part to believe is that the author did nothing wrong. Yet somehow, this book contains no stories embarrassing to the author. Nothing where he betrayed a person. Nothing where he even debated betraying someone to protect himself. There are no stories where he shows himself being violent, and this guy served Saddam for decades, and flew fighter jets!
Which brings us to the other strange part of the book, its pacing. It is incredibly uneven. Sada was in the Air Force through most of the 80's. And during the 80's the Iraq-Iran War was going on. To understand Iraq, geopolitics, WMDs, Saddam, and Sada himself, this would appear to be a key point in time to delve into. Yet somehow Sada skips it entirely. Instead, he spends pages going over how he farmed corn in 1988 and made millions of dollars.
At the end of the book he uses many pages to how Saddam did have WMDs. This is true. But one cannot help but get the feeling he is doing this in conjunction with the CIA and to please the American govt where he now lives. In sum, this book makes complete sense if it is understood that Sadas spent 250 pages building up his own credibility to finish the book by using his credibility to prove that there were WMDs.
I do not recommend this book as worth the time.
Saddam what he wanted to hear, General Sada told the Iraqi leader the truth. He is clearly a very brave man! This book is about General Sada's military career in the Iraqi airforce and his dealings with the Iraqi's despot leader.
I really enjoyed this book, however, I found cultural differences got in the way. General Sada writes in an open honest style and does not suffer from any sense of false modesty. He will tell you up front that he was an excellent pilot ( and I do not doubt that for one minute), however, personally, I found it a little too much in my face. And dare I say it, too much American flag waving. General Sada, is a great fan of the former U.S. President GW Bush.
Please, purchase this book, and enjoy it. It is an enjoyable and informative read.
Amazing he survived the turmoil in Iraq and subsequent war.
Vice Air Marshal Sada shares his amazing journey as an insider to one of history's most sinister regimes. He also, for the first time, reveals the disturbing truth about Saddam's plots to destroy Israel, hide weapons of mass destruction and overtake the Arab world. As an eye witness to history, Sada paints a painfully truthful picture of Hussein and his country that is at once personal and alarming, truthful and compelling, candid and sobering. It is a believable story that most will find very interesting.
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