The Prisoner In His Palace: Saddam Hussein And The Twelve Americans Who Guarded Him

The Prisoner In His Palace: Saddam Hussein And The Twelve Americans Who Guarded Him

Synopsis

In the tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song, this haunting, insightful, and surprisingly intimate portrait of Saddam Hussein provides “a brief, but powerful, meditation on the meaning of evil and power” (USA TODAY).

The “captivating” (Military Times) The Prisoner in His Palace invites us to take a journey with twelve young American soldiers in the summer of 2006. Shortly after being deployed to Iraq, they learn their assignment: guarding Saddam Hussein in the months before his execution.

Living alongside, and caring for, their “high value detainee and regularly transporting him to his raucous trial, many of the men begin questioning some of their most basic assumptions—about the judicial process, Saddam’s character, and the morality of modern war. Although the young soldiers’ increasingly intimate conversations with the once-feared dictator never lead them to doubt his responsibility for unspeakable crimes, the men do discover surprising new layers to his psyche that run counter to the media’s portrayal of him.

Woven from firsthand accounts provided by many of the American guards, government officials, interrogators, scholars, spies, lawyers, family members, and victims, The Prisoner in His Palace shows two Saddams coexisting in one person: the defiant tyrant who uses torture and murder as tools, and a shrewd but contemplative prisoner who exhibits surprising affection, dignity, and courage in the face of looming death.

In this thought-provoking narrative, Saddam, known as the “man without a conscience,” gets many of those around him to examine theirs. “A singular study exhibiting both military duty and human compassion” (Kirkus Reviews), The Prisoner in His Palace grants us “a behind-the-scenes look at history that’s nearly impossible to put down…a mesmerizing glimpse into the final moments of a brutal tyrant’s life” (BookPage).

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Chapters

  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 01 Open
    Duration: 43s
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 02 Dedication
    Duration: 08s
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 03 Quote
    Duration: 40s
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 04 AuthorsNote
    Duration: 03min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 05 Characters
    Duration: 01min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 06 Timeline
    Duration: 02min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 07 Introduction
    Duration: 04min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 08 Part1 Ch01
    Duration: 06min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 09 Ch02
    Duration: 04min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 10 Ch03
    Duration: 11min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 11 Ch04
    Duration: 12min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 12 Ch05
    Duration: 05min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 13 Ch06
    Duration: 08min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 14 Ch07
    Duration: 16min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 15 Ch08
    Duration: 06min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 16 Ch09
    Duration: 09min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 17 Part2 Ch10
    Duration: 07min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 18 Ch11
    Duration: 11min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 19 Ch12
    Duration: 18min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 20 Ch13
    Duration: 07min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 21 Ch14
    Duration: 05min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 22 Ch15
    Duration: 03min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 23 Part3 Ch16
    Duration: 08min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 24 Ch17
    Duration: 08min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 25 Ch18
    Duration: 19min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 26 Ch19
    Duration: 09min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 27 Ch20
    Duration: 05min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 28 Ch21
    Duration: 14min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 29 Ch22
    Duration: 08min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 30 Ch23
    Duration: 24min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 31 Ch24
    Duration: 13min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 32 Ch25
    Duration: 11min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 33 Ch26
    Duration: 24min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 34 Ch27
    Duration: 11min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 35 Ch28
    Duration: 13min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 36 Ch29
    Duration: 13min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 37 Ch30
    Duration: 19min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 38 Ch31
    Duration: 10min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 39 Ch32
    Duration: 07min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 40 Ch33
    Duration: 09min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 41 Ch34
    Duration: 11min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 42 Ch35
    Duration: 08min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 43 Ch36
    Duration: 13min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 44 Conclusion Ch37
    Duration: 31min
  • ThePrisonerInHisPalace 45 Credits
    Duration: 49s

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