The Prisoner in His Palace

The Prisoner in His Palace

Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid

Book - 2017
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Documents the story of twelve young American soldiers deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006 who were assigned to guard Saddam Hussein in the months before his execution, a responsibility that raised life-changing questions about their beliefs and Hussein's character.
Publisher: London :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781471153839
Characteristics: xix, 246 pages ; 24 cm.


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Sep 05, 2017

A fascinating book about the minding of Saddam Hussein by the US military after he was captured. The book covers the time from arrest and incarceration to trial and his eventual death by hanging.

Did you know Saddam liked a vegetable omelet for breakfast? or that he wrote poetry ?

The super 12 were the soldiers put in charge of Saddam 24/7. It was interesting to find out the day-to-day routines and habits of the Iraqi dictator and what the lives of those in charge of taking care of him were like.

Jun 17, 2017

To begin with, this is not a book I would typically read. However, I heard an interview with the author, Will Bardenwerper and NPR's Terry Gross of "Fresh Air." After hearing the interview, I HAD to read this book. My library had just purchased the book and I dove into the author's recollections and while I was not disappointed, I had not expected his words to have such an impact upon me.
No spoiler alerts here, but this book is about humanity - plain and simple. But being humans, we have the ability to perform acts of good and of course, the flipside, acts of evil. How or why is not for me to explain . . . or judge. I am merely stating a fact. But here is another statement of fact: everything we do has an impact on someone else - good or bad - like it or not - WE impact those around us.
What the "Super Twelve" did took bravery, compassion, and at times - I would imagine every fiber of their being to do what was required of them. None of them walked away from their service unchanged by their service. And I daresay that anyone who reads this book will not also experience some kind of a change.
As for me, well I hurt even more for those who serve this country and return to no support for their PTSD. I believe in our troops (who serve here and on foreign soil) because they do what so many either cannot or will not. I will continue to do whatever I can to help, yet I know that it will never be enough.

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