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“Karsh and Rautsi have set a standard for evidence and analytical rigor that other biographers will be hard-pressed to match... Not only do the full documentation and precise style reflect a long investment in research and writing, but the authors have produced a subtle interpretation of Saddam, which casts him as a man forged by his society even as he sought to reforge it.”Martin Kramer, New York Newsday
A Political Biography
978-0-8021-3978-8 • $14.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2003
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 world’s most reviled and notorious figures. Drawing on a wealth of Iraqi, Arab, Western, and Israeli sources, including interviews with people who have had close contact with Saddam Hussein throughout his career, the authors trace the meteoric transformation of an ardent nationalist and obscure Ba’th party member into an absolute dictator.
Skillfully interweaving a realistic analysis of Gulf politics and history, and now including a new introduction and epilogue, this authoritative biography is essential for understanding the mind of a modern tyrant.