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Saddam : the secret life

Author: Con Coughlin
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on an unparalleled network of sources, contacts, and first-hand testimonies, Coughlin takes us to the centre of Saddam's complex and bewildering regime. In 1979 he took power and immediately set about controlling every aspect of Iraqi life, ordering that his political opponents be l̀iquidated.' It was the start of a tyrannical rule that has lasted for over two decades. The Kurds and Shi'ites have been  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Saddam Hussein; Saddam Hussein; Saddam Hussein
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Con Coughlin
ISBN: 0333782003 9780333782002 1405020814 9781405020817
OCLC Number: 64440800
Description: xxxiv, 350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Con Coughlin.

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