Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein by John Nixon

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...

Title:Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein
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ISBN:0399575812
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein Reviews

  • Thiago S.
    Dec 31, 2016
    Pontos positivos:- As conversas com Bush no salao oval;- Opinioes de Saddam sobre determinados eventos e figuras historicas;- Alguns detalhes surpreendentes sobre o governo de Saddam e traços de sua personalidade.- Livro bem escrito, tranquilo de ler várias páginas de uma vez. Pontos negati...
  • Chris Lawson
    Dec 22, 2016
    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 Hussein. When he was first confronted with the dictator, Nixon thought, “Holy shit, it’s S...
  • B.
    Jan 16, 2017
    This is a very good accounting by a ground level CIA analyst. The actual part about interviewing Saddam Hussein is the first 2/3 of the book. The final 1/3 is about the "Seventh Floor" CIA leadership and actual one on one meetings with the Bush administration. Make sure you have plenty of Pepto on h...
  • Daniel
    Jan 12, 2017
    An illuminating book. While the actual interrogation of Saddam comprises only two-thirds of the book, the reader learns a lot about how CIA analysts work and how they can be pressured by an administration to report news that flatters politicians' assumptions. Yes, there is some Monday-morning quarte...
  • Keith CARTER
    Jan 13, 2017
    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 monster he also comes across as intelligent and articulate who was also proud of his country. But most...
  • Murtaza
    Jan 17, 2017
    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 Nixon studied Saddam from afar for years, and later had the rare opportunity of confronting him face ...
  • Chuck
    Jan 17, 2017
    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 that Saddam neither had WMDs nor a thing to do with 9/11. And why should it matter that Saddam...
  • Ali
    Jan 19, 2017
    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 during the invasion so I have no sympathy for Saddam and the book didn't change my perception of him....

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