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In the haunting tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioners Song, this remarkably insightful and surprisingly intimate portrait of Saddam Hussein lifts away the top layer of a dictators 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 countrys 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 assumptionsabout the judicial process, Saddams 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 medias 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 ones 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
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Scribner 1st edition June 6, 2017
Number of Pages : 272 pages
File Size : 661 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid Reviews

  • Kenneth R. French
    2019-05-17 20:08

    This is a truly great book. In 2006, 12 Soldiers deployed to Iraq and were tasked with guarding Saddam Hussein. Through a series of anecdotes – memories of the “super 12” – Bardenwerper brings to life the man many equate to pure evil in the final months of his life. However, as the Soldiers grow close to him, first as a part of their duty, later through genuine affection, I found myself as confused about this evil man as they did. Importantly, Bardenwerper never lets the reader forget the horrible atrocities and culture of fear that Saddam was responsible for during his reign, but the striking difference between that Saddam and the one the Soldiers grew to know (and maybe even love) is unsettling.

  • K. Connell
    2019-04-24 20:07

    A combat veteran with an Ivy League education, Bardenwerper is the perfect person to write this book. Saddam Hussein was a despicable tyrant; but he was treated with compassion by his American guards which brought out another side of his character. I learned a lot about Iraq, Hussein and the sacrifices made by our American soldiers. It was important to hear their stories, too. It made me feel proud and grateful to be an American where we treat a horrible person on death row with kindness and dignity rather than with brutality and torture as practiced by the Iraqis. Saddam must've been astonished by his treatment and ended up considering the American soldiers his friends, if not family. This book would be an excellent choice for book clubs with fertile ground for lots of discussion.

  • Robert James Vandevoort (Ahwatukee, Arizona)
    2019-04-23 15:09

    From the date in December, 2003, when Saddam Hussein was captured by the 4th Infantry Division and SOF Task Force 20 in his Ad-Dawr spider hole, to his execution just over three years later, there has been little behind-the-scenes public knowledge about Saddam’s detention and interrogation by the U.S. military and Intelligence services. That has now all changed with the recently published “The Prisoner in His Palace” by first time author Will Bardenwerper.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-02 19:43

    Well written. An enjoyable read, with quite a bit of insight into the "real" person, behind the media monster. Yes, he did absolutely horrible things, beyond anything that could ever be consider acceptable. But he was also a human being, which this book shows, as opposed to the cartoon caricature that we were provided by the media. Prior to his removal the Sunni and Shia lived side by side without outright warfare. They may have lived and gotten along out of fear of not doing so and experiencing the wrath of their dictator, but we now see how this monster was apparently necessary in order to keep a lid on the powder keg of Iraq. Once Saddam Hussein was removed it became apparent the purpose he served in keeping a lid on the hate and violence. This book showed that although Saddam Hussein did monstrous things, he was also a human being. A lonely, paranoid human being. Perhaps only a monster like Saddam Hussein could've kept a lid on the powder keg of Iraq. Unique insight into the human side of a monster by those assigned to guard him during the last days of his life. A front row seat to a remarkable part of history.