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Debriefing the President - The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein

John Nixon

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 35m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:18


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:26