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Saddam Hussein : The Politics of Revenge

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In "Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge", the author draws on his own knowledge of and extensive contacts within the Arab world to produce both a thorough biography and a penetrating psychological profile of the most powerful and unpredictable man in the world today. He explains why Saddam behaves as he does by suggesting that his life has been marked by a series of personal quests: for recognition after being orphaned and brought up by a destitute uncle; for control of his country; for leadership of the Arab world; for mastery of the technology of destruction, and who now fights for Iraq's survival. This is the chilling story of how the man who, with the encouragement of western governments, made his country the most advanced in the Arab world in the 1970s, and through personal ambition led it to disaster at the end of the 1980s, now fights for its survival.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, maps, portraits
  • 0747549036
  • 9780747549031
  • 569,717

About Said K. Aburish

Said K. Aburish was born in the biblical village of Bethany near Jerusalem in 1935. He has been a consultant to two Arab governments, and is now a journalist and author living in London. His books include Children of Bethany; The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud; and Arafat: From Defender to Dictator.show more

Review quote

'A brilliant Arab-Western examination - by one uniquely placed - of the psychology and makeup of one of the world's political phenomena, in clear historical context, written with pace, detail, and a host of witnesses and sources' SUNDAY TRIBUNE 'Powerful. Aburish provides shameful details of Western complicity, cynical and mostly clandestine, in Saddam's reign of terror' HERALD 'The hypocrisy and amorality of Western policy make uncomfortable reading Aburish's unmatched contacts in the Middle East enable him to provide a rare glimpse into the secret world of Saddam. A chilling biography' OBSERVERshow more

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