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Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Over ten years after his armies were routed in Desert Storm, the world continues to deal with, and be persistently thwarted, by the menace of Saddam Hussein. Here in this timely biography, authors Efraim Karsh and Inari Rautsi, experts on Middle East history and politics, have combined their expertise to write what is largely considered the definitive work of one of the ce ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 17th 2002 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
God as my witness, this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The author takes careful time to delineate every one of the remarkable connections between Saddam Hussein and his striving to parallel the great leaders of old. This style of writing carries this book to be not only an interesting biography, but something like an epic.

What Lenin was to Stalin, Stalin became to Hussein and Saddam took great care to model Stalin's policies as best practices in dealing with his own people.
Mohammed Hadi
Jan 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
an awful biography. If you want to read about an imaginary ruthless killer, who kill his victims in his office "without sources" you can enjoy this book, otherwise I don't recommend this book for anyone to read. It's clear that if the west hates someone, the whole world must hate him. Most of the books, articles etc., which has been written about Saddam Hussein "by the west or the arabs" do not represent the man himself, in my opinion the only why to understand Saddam is by studying the why in w ...more
Joseph Stieb
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iraq
Good overall biography of Saddam with a few major points to make:

1. Saddam, above all, was a "ruthless pragmatist." He rose up in a brutal political culture, raised by his Uncle Khairallah to view the world as dog-eat-dog. He climbed the Baath Party ranks by allying himself with disgruntled people (usually in the military) to take down whoever was on the next rung of the ladder. He would then turn on his co-conspirators almost immediately. Karsh sees SH's acts of foreign aggression as a mix of a
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Efraim Karsh is director of the Middle East Forum, editor of the Middle East Quarterly, and Professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London.

Born and raised in Israel, Mr. Karsh earned his undergraduate degree in Arabic language and literature and modern Middle Eastern history from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his graduate and doctoral degrees in international