Saddam Hussein: a political biography

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Grove Press, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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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.

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About the author (1991)

Efraim Karsh is professor and head of the Mediterranean Studies Programme, King's College, University of London. He has published extensively and often served as a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs, Soviet foreign policy, and European neutrality. His books include "Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923" and "Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography.

Rautsi is a scholar of Middle Eastern history and politics.

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