Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein

Out of the Ashes The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein At the end of the Gulf War the White House was confident that Saddam Hussein s days as Iraq s dictator were numbered His army had been routed his country had been bombed back into a pre industrial a

  • Title: Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein
  • Author: Andrew Cockburn Patrick Cockburn
  • ISBN: 9780060929831
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the end of the Gulf War, the White House was confident that Saddam Hussein s days as Iraq s dictator were numbered His army had been routed, his country had been bombed back into a pre industrial age, his subjects were in bloody revolt, and his borders were sealed World leaders waited confidently for the downfall of the pariah of Baghdad Almost a decade later, they aAt the end of the Gulf War, the White House was confident that Saddam Hussein s days as Iraq s dictator were numbered His army had been routed, his country had been bombed back into a pre industrial age, his subjects were in bloody revolt, and his borders were sealed World leaders waited confidently for the downfall of the pariah of Baghdad Almost a decade later, they are still waiting.This is the first in depth account of what went wrong Drawing on the authors firsthand experiences on the ground inside Iraq often under fire and their interviews with key players ranging from members of Saddam s own family to senior officials of the CIA Out of the Ashes tells what happened when the smoke cleared from the battlefields of the Gulf War This tale of high drama, labyrinthine intrigue, and fatal blunders has been played out amid one of the greatest man made tragedies of our times one where, so long as Saddam Hussein remains in power, the Iraqi people will pay the price Out of the Ashes makes chillingly clear just how terrible that price has been.

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    1. I read up to page 165 in this woefully disappointing book, but eventually lost interest. I was hoping to find a detailed biography of Saddam Hussein, or at least an informed history of his reign. Although I was initially impressed by the fact that at least one of the authors has spent considerable time in Iraq as a journalist, it was the lack of biographical material that ended up undermining the book for me. While I was looking for an up-close look at Saddam's rule, this book came across as mer [...]

    2. Solid book about how SH regained power in the 1990's after the Gulf War. Has a lot of great stuff about the inspections, sanctions, Iraq politics in the US, and the inner workings of Saddam's family. It's a bit scattershot in terms of organization and the level of detail, but overall it is an enjoyable and accessible account.

    3. 'Out of the Ashes' details post Gulf War Iraq up to the 1998 Desert Fox bombing raid on Baghdad. It highlights very well how Saddam Hussein was able to evade the UN weapons inspectors and how UN sanctions devastated ordinary Iraqis during the 1990s. I particularly enjoyed the biographical chapters on Saddam's inner circle. Highly recommended.

    4. I was recommended to read this book in the Arabic version. But unfortunately I didn't find what I want to know about Saddam Hussain, Iraq and why he had to do whatever he did. Maybe, I as an Arab, already knew much of what mentioned in this book. I was 16 when I read it and found it not worth.

    5. my first book trying to put names to the different factions in the region. Cockburn and his sibs do a good job with giving you some background into who sponsors who (Chalabi and the CIA, Pentegon drama). You'll have to keep a flowchart to keep track of all the groups and their proxy wars.

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