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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein Reviews

  • Christopher 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Ziad Fahom
    Feb 18, 2017
    "In foreign affairs, the United States is constantly reinventing the wheel by quickly forgetting the lessons learned from the last war. Just as people forget pain, the United States develops a case of amnesia about the blood and treasure expended in a military conflict. We celebrate victories but do...
  • 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....
  • Matthew Trevithick
    Feb 01, 2017
    Interesting, quick read. Mainly happy this book exists at all. The author provides a book that is 3/4 replay of his working to understand Saddam as an analyst and interacting with him in person, and 1/4 an axe to grind against how USG institutions function (or don't), bureaucratic infighting, politi...
  • Farhana
    Feb 09, 2017
    very focused writing. The writer looks into what was it all about USA's invasion in Iraq & whether the effort was worth the cost in blood, treasure & regional stability. It focused on how USA often took impulsive decisions regarding their foreign policy rather than deliberative, how intelligence in ...

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