His Rise and Fall
By Con Coughlin
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060505431, 448pp.)
Publication Date: October 2005
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Insightful, penetrating, and shocking, the defining
biography of Iraq's deposed tyrant
Drawing on an unparalleled network of sources, contacts, and firsthand testimonies, Con Coughlin takes us to the center of Saddam Hussein's complex, bewildering regime -- and beyond. Fully updated and revised, Saddam: His Rise and Fall meticulously describes how Hussein took power and immediately set about controlling every aspect of Iraqi life.
Coughlin examines Hussein's regime both before and after its fall, exploring the contradictions of Saddam's private life: his sponsoring of Islamic fundamentalism while whiskey drinking and womanizing as well as his reliance on and celebration of family negated by his violent and temperamental treatment of them. With evidence from family members, servants, and staff, Saddam: His Rise and Fall is unique in its close-up representation of this elusive and secretive world.
In all-new chapters and an epilogue, and with shocking new disclosures, Coughlin also vividly recounts the last few months of Saddam's reign and his eventual capture by American forces.
Con Coughlin, one of Britain's leading journalists, is the executive foreign editor of the Daily Telegraph and a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. He is the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Saddam: His Rise and Fall. He appears regularly on television and radio in the United States, and has been a frequent political commentator on CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic Monthly. He lives in London, England.
“... readers looking for a biography of Iraq’s strongman will need to look no further.”
“Coughlin sheds especially valuable light on the viciousness of Saddam Hussein’s early career.”
-Foreign Service Journal
“...the most sought after biographer of Saddam Hussein.”
-Los Angeles Times
“.... a timely, detailed portrait of the Iraqi dictator.”