The Weight of a Mustard Seed

The Weight of a Mustard Seed : The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny

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General Kamel Sachet was a favorite of Saddam Hussein's, a hero of the Iran-Iraq war, head of the army in Kuwait City during Desert Storm, governor of the Maysan province, and father of nine. How did Sachet and his fellow Baathist loyalists live in Saddam's Iraq...and how did they live with themselves? Why did they serve such a monstrous regime? And what finally opened Sachet's eyes to the fact that he was a participant in a system of terror and repression that was strangling his country and destroying its people?

Through the remarkable story of General Sachet and the stories of those around him, author Wendell Steavenson goes behind the headlines to examine a national tragedy begotten of unintended consequences. The Weight of a Mustard Seed is a gripping account of one man's rise and fall, and a vivid, compassionate portrayal of the Iraqi people.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 24mm | 322.05g
  • Broadside Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061721883
  • 9780061721885
  • 792,009

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"Steavenson is a talented writer and her reconstruction of Sachet's story is staggering in its revelation of a collective psychological trauma that continues to grip a nation."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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