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    DescriptionIf you can't protect yourself from a tyrant, how can you protect your family? And how does a proud man live with the knowledge that he can't? Reminiscent in part of "Stasiland" and "The Bookseller of Kabul", this is the story of one family's struggle to survive the iniquities of Saddam Hussein's savage dictatorship. It is a career-defining book for Wendell Steavenson.Father, husband, soldier, believer: General Kamel Sachet was a favourite of Saddam Hussein's, a decorated hero of the Iran-Iraq war, in charge of Kuwait City during Desert Storm. But Sachet was also a devoted family man. His wife, sons and daughters revered him, depended on him, suffered for him, and in the end grieved for him as he realized, too late, that he had become a participant in the terror regime that had strangled his country and destroyed its people.In "The Weight of a Mustard Seed", Wendell Steavenson tells the story of Kamel Sachet and those closest to him - his wife, his sons and daughters, his friend a psychiatrist, the head of the Republican Guard, a director of Abu Ghraib prison - during Saddam's four wars and brutal repression, the years of hard-bitten sanctions, and the internecine anarchy of the American occupation. "The Weight of a Mustard Seed" is the story of Iraq, told from the inside out. It is a book that sears the heart and pierces the soul.


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    Title
    The Weight of a Mustard Seed
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Wendell Steavenson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 538 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781843543053
    ISBN 10: 1843543052
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF, JPVR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
    Libri: ENGM2000
    BISAC V2.8: POL004000, HIS026000, HIS037070
    DC22: 956.7044092
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBQ
    Libri: IRAK5050
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Publisher
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Wendell Steavenson is the author of the acclaimed book Stories I Stole (Atlantic Books, 2002), shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. She has worked for Time, and written for a variety of publications including the Telegraph, Granta, Prospect, and the New Yorker. She is presently living in Paris.
    Review quote
    "'A sparkling, poetical hymn to the most romantic and dangerous land in the world.' Simon Sebag Montefiore 'This is the first published book of a practiced and very gifted writer, a young Kapuscinski with a literary future ahead of her...an immensely talented writer.' Neal Ascherson, Observer"
    Review text
    Through the grim travails of one of Saddam Hussein's top generals, journalist Steavenson (Stories I Stole, 2003) examines the dictator's edifice of totalitarianism and moral corruption.Taking her title from a verse of the Koran promising to mete out justice even to the "weight of a mustard seed," the author weaves a fascinating account of how good men went terribly wrong. Steavenson worked as a journalist in Baghdad in 2003 - 04 and continued her interviews of exiled Iraqis in London and elsewhere, probing deeply into the stories of former Baath Party officials. Through a high-level Iraqi doctor who had served in the medical corps during the course of four Iraqi wars, the author was put in touch with the surviving family of Kamel Sachet, a commander of the special forces and general in charge of the army in Kuwait City during the Gulf War. The general was shot as a traitor by order of the Iraqi president in 1998. Born to an illiterate family in 1947, Sachet became a policeman and then joined the special forces, rising through the ranks to major. He distinguished himself during the Iran-Iraq war, gaining Hussein's trust but also his occasional ire, which led to prison and torture. Sachet led the assault into Kuwait, but with the retreat and subsequent scourge by the United States, he became disillusioned with the violence and bloodshed and retired as a devout Muslim. Steavenson ably explores his and others' obedience in fulfilling the dictator's grisly demands, echoing works by Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi and Stanley Milgram.A tenacious attempt to answer the question, "How do ordinary little human cogs make up a torture machine? (Kirkus Reviews)