Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein

Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein

In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world.

At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was.

Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era’s most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America’s most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world’s most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.

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  • قال لهم سوف تفشلون لانكم عاجزين عن فهم الذهنية العربية ومتاهات بلادنا وأحوال الطقس التي تتحكم في طباع الشعب ،...

  • For Years At The CIA, I Lived And Breathed SaddamDEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT is an informative look into the life of a senior CIA analyst, John Nixon, who happens to also be the one who debriefed Saddam ...

  • "In foreign affairs, the United States is constantly reinventing the wheel by quickly forgetting the lessons learned from the last war. Just as people forget pain, the United States develops a case of...

  • Firsthand accounts of historical figures have always been fascinating to me, and this is a particularly captivating recollection by a former CIA officer of his interrogations of Saddam Hussein. John N...

  • 4-starsTrust me, you don’t wanna read this. It’s so much easier to believe the blowhards on Fox News. Just forget what the CIA’s top expert on the matter has to say. And just forget the fact tha...

  • Excellent read, this book really opened my eyes regarding the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces. Nixon was one of the first of many agents of the CIA to debrief Saddam and although the man was a mo...

  • very focused writing. The writer looks into what was it all about USA's invasion in Iraq & whether the effort was worth the cost in blood, treasure & regional stability. It focused on how USA often to...

  • Brief ThoughtsAt first it was hard digesting the book, as the author seemed to normalize Saddam, but as the book progressed it was clear that's not the case - after all I grew up in Kuwait and was 7 d...

  • Interesting, quick read. Mainly happy this book exists at all. The author provides a book that is 3/4 replay of his working to understand Saddam as an analyst and interacting with him in person, and 1...

  • Intriguing read. Not sure how much the opinion of this former CIA officer is sour grapes and how much is fact. If true, not a pleasant picture of politicians or US central intelligence. ...

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