The New Saddam Hussein Biography

By Sadie Bass

Nov 9, 2009 2:38pm

ABC's Jan Simmonds reports from New York: The New York Times’ “At War” blog has a write-up today about a new Saddam Hussein biography (part one of a trilogy) published in Sudan last month and there are rumors surrounding it being sold in Iraq.  The book is written by his lawyer Khalil Dulaimi and is based on Hussein’s diaries and conversations. In the book, Dulaimi tells how Hussein described his arrest, plans for escape (through a coordinated attack by a special rescue detail) and how his American guards had asked for his autograph. Elsewhere Mr. Dulaimi claims that Iraqi guards severed Mr. Hussein’s head and paraded it around the city. The Iraqi deputy minister of culture says the government was not preventing publication, but that under the Constitution it could ban any book deemed to promote sectarian violence or Saddamist ideology. The Times notes that there is a relatively high interest in the book, possibly reflecting a changing perception of the dictator in today’s light.

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