I was Saddam's Son

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Arcade Publishing, 1997 - History - 297 pages
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When Latif Yahia, scion of one of Iraq's wealthiest families, was summoned from the front in the Iran-Iraq War to Saddam Hussein's inner sanctum, the Palace of the Republic, he was given a choice: become the double of Saddam's eldest son, Uday...or die. Latif underwent surgery to modify his appearance and was trained to move, speak, and behave exactly like Uday. As the stand-in for one of Iraq's most powerful and hated men, he participated in affairs of state, made public appearances, and, during the Gulf War, visited the troops on the front lines while Uday stayed safely in Switzerland. He also saw firsthand the horrors and absurdities of a regime based on corruption and intrigue. He was privy to unbridled scenes of debauchery, and witnessed repeated instances of torture, terror, rape, and murder. When Saddam's soldiers plundered Kuwait, Latif was there, both the tool of his master and the recorder of Iraqi crimes. In this expose, he tells what he saw and heard. After years of service to Uday, Latif escaped through Kurdistan, where he found refuge with American forces. His coauthor, Karl Wendl, the journalist who broke his story to the world, has written an epilogue covering key events in Iraq and within the regime since Latif's flight, culminating in the attempted assassination of Uday on December 12, 1996, and its aftermath.
 

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In Iraq, where political leaders have traditionally been the targets of assassination, there exists an institution called fidai (body double). The author, who bore a remarkable resemblance to Saddam ... Read full review

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This book is a must-read. Written in simple language, it is sure that anyone would finish reading this book in one sitting. The grisly details are a bit too hard to take in but it is the bitter truth. A wonderful book sure to give you goosebumps!!

Contents

ON THE IRANIAN FRONT
1
PARADISE IN HELL
18
THE BONDMAN
32
TRAINING TO BE UDAY
46
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
75
THE FIRST PERFORMANCE
87
THE FEAR OF ASSASSINATION
103
THE EXCESSES
116
THE DEATH OF THE FORETASTER
155
THE DUMB GIRL
174
THE KUWAIT RAID
188
EVERYBODY STOLE
201
THE BOMBS FALL ON BAGHDAD
219
THE AGONIES OF TORTURE
232
FLIGHT
248
so DID SADDAM HUSSEIN WIN?
263

Q THE KILLING BEGINS
137

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