Amatzia Baram, a distinguished historian of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, provides novel insights regarding Saddam Hussein’s use of Islam in this intelligent new study... The author is a master storyteller. The book, though lengthy and scholarly, is a page-turner... Essential reading for scholars of modern Iraqi history and of Islam and politics.
This is a major work that will change our interpretation of Iraq’s recent history.
Documentation is meticulous, and the comparisons that Iraqis make with their counterparts in Syria and Iran are riveting. Many books have been written on Iraq, but none to date offers such a persuasive account of the Bath régime's inner logic.