The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid by Will Bardenwerper

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Read The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid Online Free - In the haunting tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song, this remarkably insightful and surprisingly intimate portrait of Saddam Hussein lifts away the top layer of a dictator’s evil and finds complexity beneath as it invites us to take a journey with twelve young American soldiers in the summer of 2006. Trained to aggressively confront the enemy in combat, the men learn, shortly after being deployed to Iraq, that fate has assigned them a different role. It becomes their job to guard the country’s notorious leader in the months leading to his execution.

Living alongside, and caring for, their “high value detainee” in a former palace dubbed The Rock and regularly transporting him to his raucous trial, many of the men begin questioning some of their most basic assumptions—about the judicial process, Saddam’s character, and the morality of modern war. Although the young soldiers’ increasingly intimate conversations with the once-feared dictator never lead them to doubt his responsibility for unspeakable crimes, the men do discover surprising new layers to his psyche that run counter to the media’s portrayal of him.

Woven from first-hand accounts provided by many of the American guards, government officials, interrogators, scholars, spies, lawyers, family members, and victims, The Prisoner in His Palace shows two Saddams coexisting in one person: the defiant tyrant who uses torture and murder as tools, and a shrewd but contemplative prisoner who exhibits surprising affection, dignity, and courage in the face of looming death.

In this artfully constructed narrative, Saddam, the “man without a conscience,” gets many of those around him to examine theirs. Wonderfully thought-provoking, The Prisoner in His Palace reveals what it is like to discover in one’s ruthless enemy a man, and then deliver him to the gallows.

Title : The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid
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ISBN : 1501117831
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

June 14, 2017

If ever a book proves that there is not only more to a story than we know, but also that the complexity of human being is unparalleled, this is the book. The Super twelve, the twelve soldiers, from all different backgrounds, who guarded Saddam Hussein up to and through his trial and their experie...

Taryn rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? —Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho In the summer of 2006, twelve United States soldiers (also known as the "Super Twelve) were tasked with guarding former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein as he sat on trial for crimes against humanity. Saddam ru...

Dem rated it ★★★★☆

June 27, 2017

I really had no interest in reading a book about Saddam Hussein until I happened upon The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid and I was curious as the book was written from the viewpoint of "The Super 12" and this piqued my interest along wi...

Louise rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

This is about Saddam Hussein’s last days. It is told through the lens of the Americans who guarded him, doctored him and translated for him. To his guards he seemed to be like an uncle or a grandfather, anything but the murderer/torturer that he was. He was a model prisoner. His requests were mode...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

May 07, 2017

Subtitled, “Saddam Hussein, his American guards and what history leaves unsaid,” this is a sobering portrait of how twelve American’s got the, somewhat unenviable, task of guarding the former dictator. Dubbed the ‘Super Twelve,’ they were banned from keeping a journal, or even writing about their...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

April 10, 2017

“The Prisoner in His Palace, Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid”. Category – History Publication Date – June 06, 2017. When reading this book one must remember and keep in mind what kind of a man was Saddam Hussein. One must remember the corruption of his regime, th...

Mayank rated it ★★★★★

March 17, 2017

This book is a true attraction to those who loves to read the history of those who left a mark on our memories by terror. I wanted to read a book written on Saddam and this book fulfilled my desire. Somehow this book got connected with my emotions and I'm sure it will become one of the finest boo...

Marlene rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2017

Originally published at Reading Reality Today is September 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, otherwise known as 9/11. As though nothing else ever happened, or ever will, that will ring through history the way that September 11, 2001 did. And that’s possibly true. Even the...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2017

Incredible storytelling and extremely well-researched. This is one of the best books I've read on the topic of Iraq and, specifically, Saddam Hussein after his capture. It challenged my point-of-view tremendously. I had never really considered those charged with guarding Hussein in the days after...

Murtaza rated it ★★★☆☆

August 03, 2017

I might to write a longer review of this elsewhere, but in short, I found the central revelation of the book, that Saddam's American guards generally liked him, to be unsurprising. We tend not to think of dictators or terrorist leaders to be "charismatic" in the conventional sense, but at the end...

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