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The Saddam Tapes: Secrets of a Dictator

Friday, November 04, 2011

When American forces captured Baghdad in 2003 they found an enormous collection of audio and video tapes of Saddam Hussein meeting with his cronies, along with voluminous written records from Saddam's military and intelligence services.What do these materials reveal about Saddam, one of the great dictators of the modern era?What use did he make of his secret services and how well did he understand the world around him?How he react when he learned that the United States had sold weapons to Iran as part of the Iran-Contra Affair?Kevin Woods and David Palkki know the answers and discuss them with SPY Historian Mark Stout on the occasion of the release of the book that the three of them co-edited: The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant's Regime, 1978-2001.

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