Saddam: The Secret Life

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Pan Books, 2007 - Heads of state - 422 pages

Drawing on an unparalleled network of sources, contacts, and first hand testimonies, Con Coughlin takes us to the centre of Saddam's complex and bewildering regime, and beyond. Saddam:The Secret Life describes how Saddam took power and immediately set about controlling every aspect of Iraqi life.

Coughlin examines Saddam's regime both before and after its fall, exploring the contradictions of Saddam's private life. With evidence from both family members, servants and staff, Saddam: The Secret Life is unique in its representation of this bizarre and secretive world. Coughlin recounts the last few months of Saddam's reign and his eventual capture by American forces. And in a compelling new chapter, Coughlin recounts the chaos of Saddam's trial and his subsequent execution.

Insightful, penetrating and shocking, Con Coughlin has written the defining biography of one of the most dangerous men of the last two decades.

'An excellent and disturbing book' William Shawcross, Sunday Telegraph

'Con Coughlin has uncovered more details of the Iraqi dictator's upbringing than have ever before seen the light of day'

Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail

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About the author (2007)

Con Coughlin is an award-winning journalist and the author of two highly acclaimed books on the Middle East - Hostage (1992) and A Golden Basin Full of Scorpions (1997). Through contacts built up for more than a decade he has exclusive access to key sources on modern Iraq, Saddam's regime and its eventual demise.

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